By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to be above normal this week - including a high of 90 degrees on Tuesday - with a cool down in the forecast by the weekend.
Greg Michels, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Marquette, said Tuesday's high temperature is forecasted at 90 degrees, with 84 degrees expected for Wednesday.
If Tuesday's high temperature reaches 90 degrees, it will be the first 90-degree day this year.
"We've come close. It's been 89 degrees on July 6," Michels said.
Michels said there's a slight chance for thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon with the best chance of rain being Thursday and Thursday night.
"A cooling trend is starting on Thursday. The last really, really hot day is Wednesday," Michels said.
With a cold front Thursday, temperatures will be in the 70s and lower 80s, which is within the normal range for this time of year in the U.P. It is expected to stay cooler for the weekend.
Michels said, on average, it does not hit 90 degrees often in the U.P.
"I would say on average we get three days of 90 degrees for a summer," he said.
In 2012, however, it hit 90 degrees four times.
It was 91 degrees three times last July - July 2, 3 and 5 - and 90 degrees on Aug. 30.
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