GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Expect plenty of sunshine today. It’s a nice change of pace from May 18-27, when we had just 22% of possible sunshine.

Just in time for the unofficial kickoff of summer, the forecast looks warm and dry with high temperatures in the mid-upper 80s.

The upper level, jetstream winds indicate a strong ridge of high pressure developing across the Great Lakes.

Here’s the weekend forecast for Southwest Michigan. Most of the showers Friday should be from Grand Rapids to Mount Pleasant and Saginaw to the south.

Memorial Day Planner

A partly to mostly sunny forecast is expected this Memorial Day Monday.

We’ll see a few high clouds on Monday, but they will be rather thin and all some sun to filter through.

How about those temperatures? It would seem fitting that the unofficial start to summer would have summer-like temperatures.

It will be warmer yet for Memorial Day with a bit of an increase in humidity.

The warmth continues into next week with the possibility of the first 90s.

Water temps at Lake Michigan beaches.

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