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Planting Forecast: A Dry Cooldown Before a Spike in Temperatures

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A frontal boundary is pushing through on Friday. MAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin said that will keep the moisture to the south and east that should keep us dry for a few days.

“The good news is after above normal temperatures this past week, we’re going to be looking at a significant cool down,” he said. “Temperatures will be very cool across Michigan Sunday and probably into Monday. Saturday looks to be a transition day. We are going to be dry all the way through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Martin added that evaporation will be good with the dry weather, but not quite as good as it would be if temperatures were at or above normal.  However, that dry weather doesn’t last long. As we get ready to start a new week, Martin said we have to look for two areas of precipitation.

“Tuesday we have scattered hit and miss shower action that doesn’t look all that dramatic,” he said. “It’s going to keep up from maybe seeing full drying. Wednesday, there’s a little disturbance that will drift across Michigan, probably giving us anywhere from a ¼ to ¾ of an inch.”

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He said coverage from the Wednesday event looks like it will cover up to 75 percent of the state, so most areas will pick up moisture. However, evaporation hopes look decent in the extended forecast with heat as the main story.

“I’m looking for temperatures to really take off,” said Martin. “We’re going to see this in the Plains toward the middle of next week—huge push of warm air. It works its way into the Great Lakes region as we move late next week into the following week. I think we’re going to be seeing very little organized precipitation during that time.”

He added with the heat and humidity, there will be a return to pop-up showers and thunderstorms into June 8 to 10.