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Cooler air ahead for this weekend

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Temperature Departure From Average 1 PM Saturday (Courtesy: WxBell) Temperature Departure From Average 1 PM Saturday (Courtesy: WxBell)
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Michigan springs are always an adventure, whether it's some late season snow or temperatures that never seem to want to get their act together and get ready for summer. It's especially hard to wait when we've enjoyed a few nice stretches in the 60s and 70s so far this spring.

While snow isn't making a return to the forecast for Mid-Michigan, we will be trending cooler as we head toward this weekend. It's times like these where it's important to remember your friendly, local meteorologist is only the messenger.

Before we get to how cool it's going to be, I'll provide some perspective on where we should be this time of year around Mid-Michigan for May 14th, which is Saturday. This will be the cooler day of the weekend.

Below are the average highs for Saginaw, Flint, and Houghton Lake. These are official National Weather Service reporting stations that keep track of climate information.

  • Saginaw: 66°
  • Flint: 67°
  • Houghton Lake: 65°

These numbers are temperatures most would be happy with, or at least deal with this time of year. But temperatures will be well below that for this weekend.

An area of low pressure over the weekend will park itself to our northeast in Canada, allowing for northwesterly winds to transport cooler air into Mid-Michigan. So just how big of a cool down are we looking at?

Attached in the story is a graphic that illustrates how far temperatures will stray from normal. Colors on the graph on the right of the image tell the story.

Colors associated with positive number indicate how far above normal temperatures are projected be, while negative numbers show how far below normal they're projected to be.

By looking at the map, you can see plenty of green, mostly lighter shades of green. This indicates temperatures Saturday afternoon are expected to be about 10 to 15 degrees below average. Areas in purple could see temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below average.

Keeping it simple, this means highs for Saturday may be stuck in the 40s in areas to the north, while areas to the south will be stuck in the 50s. Temperatures on Sunday will be warmer, but it still appears that most of us will be in the 50s.

Now is this unbearable cold? Not quite. Is this out of the ordinary for a Michigan spring? No, we see our fair share of cooler days in the spring. But does that mean these cooler temperatures are any easier to stomach for summer lovers? Not at all.

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