Record high cold temperatures – The Morning Sun

On August 13, which was the Saturday of last weekend, a record cold temperature day was seen for areas that were stuck in clouds and rain all day. Mount Pleasant equaled the cold record of 62°, which was originally set in 1964. It was the coldest August 13 since 1964. Elsewhere in the state, Lansing and Grand Rapids had NEVER seen temperatures this cold in recorded history August 13 through this past Saturday. Additionally, these high temperatures occurred in the morning before the afternoon was rainy with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. If it was mid-October, that would be normal, so it looks like we’ve moved two months forward for a day. For mid-August, we should still be around 80°.

Typical August Weather Ahead

Your first half of the workweek seems calm in terms of weather. The biggest story for our area today will be the winds as gusts could approach 20 MPH across Mid-Michigan this Monday August 15th.

Temperatures are expected to be seasonal for the start of the work week. Today look for a high near 77 degrees. Accompanied by sunshine, it looks like a wonderful summer day for Mid-Michigan, with somewhat gusty winds reaching around 20 MPH. Tuesday seems to be almost identical to Monday when it comes to weather. Look for highs near 79 degrees, sunshine and light gusty winds around 15 MPH. Wednesday will be more of the same. Look for a maximum near 79 and the sun. Winds are expected to be lighter on Wednesday, with gusts closer to the 10-12 MPH range.

The lows for this first half of the work week will be similar to the highs, almost the same for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All three nights are forecast to have lows in the upper 50s, with Monday’s low near 59, Tuesday’s low near 56 and Wednesday’s low near 58. Expect dry conditions and clear skies Monday night and Tuesday night. Wednesday night will also be dry, but expect clouds to move into Wednesday evening and into the night. Depending on who you ask, those three nights can be a good open window. If you want to let in some fresh, cool air at night, open those windows and welcome those nighttime lows.

All in all, the start of this week should be a nice time to get outside and enjoy the sun and summer weather! With abundant sunshine and seasonal temperatures nearing 80 degrees from Monday to Wednesday, this will be the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors.

from Thursday to Sunday

We will end this week with very pleasant weather for Thursday and Friday. On Thursday we will be under a high pressure system which will keep moisture out of the area for most of the day. Later in the evening the clouds will slowly settle. There will still be quite a bit of sun during the day on Friday. Later in the evening most of the oncoming moisture will make its way giving us a small chance for some overnight showers.

Wind speeds and gusts will remain low (under 20MPH) and will come from the east. This will give way to similar temperatures across the board for Thursday and Friday. These temperatures will be seasonal as we approach the last weeks of August.

Thursday’s low temperature will be around 59 degrees, barely reaching the 60 degree mark. It will make for a very pleasant morning to perhaps sit on the porch with a cup of coffee or tea and watch the sunrise! Friday’s low will be a bit warmer with the oncoming clouds moving towards the area.

Thursday’s high will be a comfortable 80 degrees. These temperatures will come with mostly clear skies. It will be a good day for a nice walk and maybe hit the trails! Friday will be very similar with a high temperature of 81 degrees.

All in all, the end of the working week will be very comfortable. It should be much easier to enjoy the sun and the last days of the week!

Upon entering the weekend, a higher level low feature moves into or near the area. This will bring a chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday and possibly a few thunderstorms into the mix as well. Right now Saturday looks to be the hottest day before Sunday gets colder with rain possibly developing above us. Adjustments will certainly be necessary for the weekend, but it seems that we are currently in a configuration where weekdays are dry and weekends with a chance of rain.

Almanac of Mt. Pleasant for this week

The Information Almanac is a way to review normal temperatures and record high and low temperatures for that time of year. Normal temperatures are based on the average of 30-year highs and lows for that date between 1991 and 2020. For example, if you take the maximum temperature for each August 15 between 1991 and 2020 and calculate the average of the 30 values, the result would be 82°. Therefore, the normal high for today is 82°. High and low temperature record data dates back to 1895. Sunrise and sunset data are also provided. All information is valid for Mount Pleasant.

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– Weather forecast by CMU student forecasters Isaac Cleland, John Jones and Haley Palmquist

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