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      Summer pattern continues

      Yesterday, August 19, was the warmest day so far this month. The official high temperature was 82. However, today looks to be even warmer. Stay cool and hydrated. If you are doing work outside, be sure to seek shade and take breaks regularly.

      Today, steady winds out of the southwest will squash any chances for the typical lake breeze to get going. That means there will be less available moisture across Upper Michigan and pop up showers and storms seem unlikely today. It also means conditions will be plenty warm and humid. Highs will reach into the upper 80s and low 90s in the western half of the Upper Peninsula. It will be coolest by the Lake Michigan shoreline, into the mid 70s. However, the heat index, which factors in the humidity, will feel more like triple digits in the warmest places this afternoon.

      We're watching the beginnings of the next cold front which will swing down out of Canada, bringing the next opportunity for rain and storms Wednesday. Some storms could produce heavy downpours, hail and damaging winds by Wednesday afternoon.

      High pressure will regain control over the Great Lakes region by Thursday. This means weâ??ll see a brief cool down along with dry, mainly sunny weather for Thursday and Friday. Extended forecast models indicate warmer temperatures will return for the weekend.Although some would call our current weather conditions uncomfortable, others welcome the change. So far in August, average temperatures have been running 4.4 below normal. So weâ??ve got to play catch-up if we want break our cool streak.If you've been paying attention, you know that July was the sixth straight month with below average temperatures and the eight month in a row with above average precipitation. As of today, August rainfall has come up short. We've seen just over half an inch of rain. That puts us 1.30 inches below average for the month! However, we are still 4.81 inches above normal rainfall for 2013.