Storm Team 8 forecast on News 8 at Noon on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
The alert level from Watched A warning has been issued, but it is currently not posing a threat to the public.
In Grand Rapids, the dry stretch of weather continues, and many people are hoping for rain.
Fortunately, there is a chance of rain later in the weekend and early next week, potentially ending the remarkable dry spell.
While the atmosphere may appear smoky, it is not as severe as the conditions experienced in eastern regions such as upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and New England.
Temperatures in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are currently around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the weather is comfortable with dew point temperatures in the 40s and 30s.
The wind is expected to pick up this afternoon, particularly along the lakeshore, leading to unfavorable boating and beach conditions.
A beach advisory and small craft advisory are in effect until this evening, with wave heights reaching 2 to 5 feet.
The water temperatures are not suitable for swimming, but there is a slight chance of light showers developing, mainly to the east.
Tonight will bring a clear sky, followed by another sunny sunrise tomorrow.
Clouds will develop in the afternoon, but it will remain mostly sunny at the lakeshore.
This pattern is expected to continue into Friday.
However, significant changes are anticipated over the weekend.
Saturday is forecasted to be drier, while Sunday is likely to bring a good chance of rain.
There is a 40% chance of rain late on Saturday, with temperatures reaching around 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sunday may see overcast skies and a higher chance of rain.
This rain is much needed and has finally made its way into the forecast after a prolonged dry period.
Overall, the next several days will have highs in the 70s with a slight chance of rain, providing some relief from the dry conditions.