Wednesday high of 76 breaks record in Ann Arbor; unseasonable warmth to continue
Haul out the sunscreen and picnic basket. The recent string of unseasonably warm days in the Ann Arbor area is expected to continue through next week.
Wednesday’s high of 76 degrees broke the record high set in Ann Arbor in 1990, said University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum. The high that day was 75.
The Ann Arbor area will flirt with record high temperatures for the next several days.
Thursday’s high is expected to reach 73 under partly sunny skies. The record for the date is 76, set in 1990. There’s a chance of thunderstorms and even the possibility of hail up to an inch in diameter, the National Weather Service said. Fog is expected to move in Thursday night.
After the fog clears, expect a partly sunny day Friday with a high of 70. That temperature would tie the record set in 1977.
Saturday promises to be partly sunny with a high of 72. That would also tie the record for that date, set in 2003. Showers and thunderstorms are again possible Saturday night.
Sunday will be a little cooler with partly cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high is expected to be 68.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the low 70s.
The unseasonably warm weather earlier this week prompted Ann Arbor officials to close the Buhr Park ice rink three weeks early and open Huron Hills golf course about a week early.
The reason for all this warmth? “The upper level jet stream pattern is set up so that the cooler more stormy weather is going to be in the Western United States,” said Dave Gurney, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. That allows warm air from the south to flow into southeast Michigan.
Thank you, Jet Stream. We’ll take it.
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