Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 19, 2013

Expect another day of heat

TRAVERSE CITY — Summer is dangerously close to overstaying its welcome.

Expect one more day of sweltering heat and muggy air as a heat wave lingers over northern Michigan. The National Weather Service continued a heat advisory for the Grand Traverse region until 8 a.m. today.

But there's a silver lining: Keith Berger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said today will be the "last uncomfortable day" for the foreseeable future. Temperatures are predicted to remain in the mid- to upper-80s and showers and thunderstorms will sweep through northern Michigan.

"It looks like the heat and humidity are holding tight certainly for one more day," he said. "There's a potential to get some pretty decent rainfall."

Heat indices reached above 100 in some areas this week, but so far no widespread heat-related problems were reported. Munson Medical Center spokesman Dale Killingbeck said the hospital has no current statistics on heat-related illness, but emergency department staff have seen a few cases this week. Munson's walk-in urgent care clinic hasn't seen any heat-related illness cases, he said.

Benzie County residents looking for a cool-off were encouraged to go to the Benzie Bus station, but Executive Director Susan Miller said it seems no one has done so.

"We're not really doing anything out of ordinary," she said.

It's a similar story at the Traverse City Senior Center. Deputy Director Lori Wells said the center welcomes seniors and the general public alike, but it seems one cool spot is more popular.

"There's more people on the beach and in the water," she said.

Berger said drier air will move through the region starting Saturday and bring low temperatures into the mid-60s. High temperatures on Sunday will fall to the low-70s.

"Saturday is when people will really start to feel the difference," Berger said. "It will be 20 percent drier than what it's been. We're looking at the 40 to 45 percent (humidity) range. We have short memories and get acclimated to where we've been, so it will feel a lot better."



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