Is this the week most of Michigan will turn on the furnace?

We’ve all felt it in the last few weeks: Crisper air, earlier sunsets and a scattering of leaves on the ground that have already turned their autumn hues. After a really nice stretch of late-summer warmth, the National Weather Service is saying this is the week the daily high temperatures will make a transition from summer to fall.

Wednesday into Thursday is what the forecast is saying for a cold front change-over this week. It’s the mark when we’ll see daily high temps in the 70s and 80s flip down to the 50s and the 60s. The story will be the same on both of Michigan’s peninsulas.

By Friday, low temps could dip into the 40s or even the upper 30s in parts of the state.

Could turning on the furnace be far behind?

“The upcoming week will have that classic transition from late summer to early autumn, with chances for showers or thunderstorms focused during the early morning hours of Monday, then Tuesday night through Wednesday,” the National Weather Service meteorologists in the Grand Rapids office said in their week-ahead look. “Much cooler temperatures arrive for Thursday and Friday. Maybe these temperatures are worthy of issuing a Furnace Watch in your house?”

Highs reaching 80 switch over to high temps in the 60s by the week’s end. Image provided by the National Weather Service.

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