Extended forecast shows Michigan’s drought will worsen as temps rise

The dryness across most of Michigan will likely get worse as the next round of heat covers the state.

We are going to be quite cool for mid-July. The cool temperatures will only last for the next three days. Then Michigan goes into a warming trend through the weekend. Temperatures will steady out as hot temperatures for possibly an extended period of at least five days, and maybe longer.

Here is the six to 10 day forecast, showing the warmer than normal temperatures pushing from the western US into the Great Lakes region. The precipitation forecast isn’t officially dry over all of Michigan. It is hard to imagine sufficient rain here when the entire western two-thirds of the US is forecast to have dry conditions. Our storm systems are coming from the northwest right now.


Temperature forecast from July 17 to July 21


Precipitation forecast for July 17 to July 21

The warmer than normal temperatures are expected to continue through at least July 25. In fact, it looks like an Upper Midwest heat wave may be developing during the time period below, and could inch into Michigan.


Temperature forecast from July 19 to July 25.


Precipitation forecast from July 19 to July 25.

Watch the high temperature forecast each day for the next 10 days. The temperature forecast animation shows the high temperatures increasing each day from this Friday into the end of next week.


High temperature forecast each day from Tuesday, July 12 to Thursday, July 21.

When we get to late next week we should have widespread afternoon temperatures in the 90s.

We may have a few clumps of thunderstorms in the next 10 days, but we will need much more with the hotter temperatures coming. It looks like Michigan’s current drought conditions will worsen over the next few weeks.

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