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Breezy and Cool
Scattered Rain Showers
HIGH: 58
WIND: NW 10-20 mph

SUNRISE 7:34 a.m.
SUNSET 7:32 p.m.

TODAY Get set for a “miserable Monday”, with rain showers and temperatures that will only reach the mid-upper 50s, which is closer to “average” for late October! Strong westerly winds will make it feel even cooler, as west winds will prevail at 10-20 mph (strongest at Lake Michigan). Gusts could be closer to 30 mph, especially at Lake Michigan. A Beach Hazards Statement is in effect through Wednesday morning. A Gale Warning will remain in effect until 8 pm Monday. After that, Small Craft Advisories will be in effect until 11 am on Wednesday (a relatively long period of high waves).

TONIGHT Showers will continue with a low near 50 at the lakeshore and mid 40s inland.

TUESDAY A few isolated showers will continue and will remain cool and brisk with highs in the mid 50s. Winds will continue from the northwest at 10-20 mph.

WEDNESDAY The wind will shift more northeast and push any lake effect rain showers over Lake Michigan. Sunshine will make an appearance during the afternoon. Temperatures will stay on the cooler side with highs in the mid 50s. Winds will be north to northwest at 10-15 mph.

LATE WEEK Mostly sunny skies return by late week. A gradual warming trend is ahead, with highs in the low to mid 60s by Thursday and Friday. The weather looks good for Friday Football Frenzy and for the Saturday games as well.

WEEKEND PREVIEW Even warmer air is on the horizon for the weekend, as afternoon highs will likely flirt with 70-degrees Saturday and climb into the low-70s on Sunday.

LOOKING AHEAD Longer range computer models are suggesting temperatures will be “above average” through the first full week of October, which means more 70-degree days are likely ahead for West Michigan.