Record high temperatures give way to cold and rain

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — We probably didn’t need a reminder that the last few days were warmer than usual for late September, but much of the U.P. received one Monday. The bright sun and record high temperatures are long gone.

Temps were in the low 40s at the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township shortly before noon. Hours earlier, they had already reached as high as they would climb all day.

“We’re going right back into where we should be — actually, a little colder than we should be this time of year,” National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Kluber said. “(This is) typical of fall in the U.P.; we can see major fluctuations from day to day. This is going to be one of our coldest days, and then we’ll see a little bit of a dryout.”

The last time it was this cold and wet, the leftovers of Hurricane Norbert blew through the region. Much of the U.P. was under a flood watch then, but that’s not the case this time.

“This time around, (we’re) just looking at steady rain,” Kluber said. “We have been dry for at least the last week, so we’re not concerned about flooding of any rivers. Basically, some more rain later in the week, but still just typical of what we would see this time of year.”

After the conditions dry out, another weather system is expected to move in on Thursday, bringing a return of showers with it. The showers should hang around through Friday and possibly into Saturday.