GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It has been exceptionally sunny and dry across West Michigan over the past two weeks and most of this Fourth of July weekend will match to fit.

SUNNY AND COMFORTABLE WEEKEND

An area of high pressure continues for Sunday, allowing for another great day both inland and by the lake.

We do expect temperatures to be a little cooler at the lakeshore with water temperatures at Lake Michigan in the 60s and low 70s. Waves will be calm at 0-1 feet with green flags flying.

Here’s a look at beach water temperatures for Saturday:

  • Duck Lake: 68
  • Saugatuck: 70
  • Muskegon: 66

POSSIBLE SHOWERS MONDAY

A system looks to approach the Mitten on Monday, bringing with it a chance for rain during the late afternoon and evening. Expect heavier and widespread rain to move in overnight into Tuesday. A few thunderstorms will be possible. The Storm Prediction Center has placed Michigan in a Marginal Risk (level 1/5) for severe weather both Monday and Tuesday.

With this timing, there is a chance firework shows may be delayed. Rain will be scattered and will not totally wash out any plans. Be sure to check the Storm Team 8 weather app before heading out.

DRIER THAN AVERAGE CONTINUES

Summer typically features sunnier, quieter stretches of weather for us here in West Michigan as the polar jet stream usually recedes far to the north of us into Canada. Still, the last several weeks in West Michigan have been largely drier than usual for our region.

If planning to set off fireworks or use sparklers, be wary of the dry conditions. Be sure to watch all fireworks cool down before placing in a trash bag or bin. Have a bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency.

Along with below-average precipitation, we are in the time of year with the most direct sun angle and the longest exposure to sunshine (longest daylight days). This likely has our farmers hoping for rain and our lawns looking a little brown.