Heat wave to end

ESCANABA – For those wondering when the heat and humidity will come to an end, there is some relief in sight.

Local weather officials say humidity should decrease by the weekend, despite a heat wave that has frazzled many other parts of the United States.

According to data from the National Weather Service in Marquette, the Manistique Waste Water Treatment Plant recorded a high temperature Wednesday of 93 degrees.

Temperatures in Escanaba Wednesday were a bit cooler, but not much, with the Escanaba Water Plant recording a high of 86 degrees, up from a high of 84 on Monday and Tuesday. The Delta County Airport also boasted a high temperature of 86 degrees Wednesday, according to David Petrovich, meteorological technician at the NWS in Marquette.

“Fortunately I can say the heat wave is not going to continue,” said Petrovich, who noted a cold front moving through the area should kick the hot, humid air out of the region by the weekend.

Delta, Schoolcraft, and Menominee counties are under a hazardous weather outlook for today, along with other portions of western and central Upper Michigan.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms expected for the western and central Upper Peninsula today and tonight could be severe and cause damaging winds with large hail and torrential rain that could lead to flash flooding.

More thunderstorms are possible Friday, mainly over the south central U.P.

According to Petrovich, today’s forecast for the Escanaba area brings the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms through the day and into Friday morning, with hail possible later this afternoon and tonight. High temperatures today will hover around 86 degrees, with a low of 70 tonight.

Although showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday morning, they should end by the afternoon, with a high of 86 and low of 57, before cooling off this weekend with mostly sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with highs in the low 70s.