Memorial Day heat may break 1911 record; afternoon thunderstorms expected
With the temperature already at 92 degrees this Monday afternoon, today’s heat in Ann Arbor might be one for the record books, said Accuweather Meterologist Brian Edwards
“The record temperature for today is 91 degrees from 1911," Edwards said.
Edwards said it was too early during the afternoon to officially call it a record because the temperature won’t be confirmed until very late in the day or some time overnight.
“I can see it going up another degree or two,” Edwards said. “I would imagine that it would get to a maximum of 93 or 94 and that would be it.”
On a day like this, the heat index is typically well above the current temperature. That wasn't the case on Monday afternoon, Edwards said, partially because of the breeze.
“The wind has picked up for the last two hours and so when you add in that breeze of 15 miles a hour, that brings your heat index down as opposed to if it were calm outside,” Edwards said.
A cold front moving through the area is expected to bring strong thunderstorms later in the day, around 7 p.m. Ann Arbor has a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms.
“There’s already some storms going on in Wisconsin and those storms are going to shift east as we go into the late afternoon and evening hours,” Edwards said. “It looks like our best chance is going to be this evening for a round of strong thunderstorms.”
Edwards said the storms have the potential to bring damaging wind gusts and hail into the area.
“That will be something to keep an eye on,” he said. “The good thing is it’s going to put an end to the warm temperatures that have been going on.”
Meterologists are expecting showers on Tuesday morning in a few spots, with a high temperature in the low 80s and partially sunny.
With everyone celebrating and participating in Memorial Day events, Edwards said it’s important to remember two things: stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activities in the sun.
“We tell people all of the time that the biggest thing is to avoid doing anything strenuous,” he said. “Anything strenuous should be reserved for early mornings and late evenings. People should have a good place to go that’s air-conditioned and pools are always a good option.”