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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Ryen Herring, left, and his friend Grady Fraz splash around in Lake Huron at Starlite Beach on Monday. The beach will be a popular meeting place on Wednesday and Thursday, as extreme heat is forecast for the Alpena area.

ALPENA — People who haven’t put their air conditioners on their windows may want to do so before Wednesday, as a mini-heat wave is forecast for northeast Michigan, which could bring some of the coldest temperatures. hot so far this year.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will climb into the mid-90s on Wednesday, but the heat index could reach 100 to 105 degrees across much of northern lower Michigan.

The heat index, also known as apparent temperature, is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with actual air temperature.

The heat and humidity will continue Thursday, but it’s not expected to be as hot as Wednesday.

On Monday, Michigan State Police issued a news release warning residents of extremely hot weather and precautions to take to stay safe.

“The high heat and humidity can put additional stress on the body, which could potentially be life threatening,” said Captain Kevin Sweeney, deputy director of emergency management and commanding officer of the management division. Michigan State Police Department Emergencies and Homeland Security. “We are asking people to take precautions during this time and to monitor the most vulnerable members of their community.”

Indoors or outdoors, MSP recommends several ways to refresh your home and yourself.

He recommends covering windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with curtains, shades, shades or awnings to reduce the amount of heat entering your home and ensure pets have privacy. cool housing areas and plenty of water.

If the heat becomes too much, the police recommend using available cooling centers or air-conditioned public places.

It is also recommended to drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages which cause dehydration. It is also advisable to wear clothes that allow good air circulation and limit vigorous activities. If you’re outdoors, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade, and try to schedule outdoor activities in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.

National Weather Service meteorologist Harold Dippman said the heat will be intense, but Lake Huron shoreline areas may have at least a light breeze to bring some relief.

Still, Dippman said it was going to be hot and muggy.

“Temperatures will feel warmer to the human body than they actually are due to humidity,” Dippman said. “Humidity will cause the dew point to rise, and the higher it rises, the more awesome the heat will be.”

Dippman said while the heat wave will be short-lived, it’s likely that parts of northeastern Michigan will approach or break record high temperatures on Wednesday.

He said there was a risk of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and overnight and some could be severe. There is also a 50% chance of thunderstorms on Thursday.

Beyond that, Dippman said, it looks like the weekend will be dry.

“There could very well be pop-up storms on Wednesday which could produce torrential rains simply from the abnormal heat and humidity of the aerial mast,” he said. “Right now the map really doesn’t show anything for the weekend.

The record temperature for Alpena for June 15 is 95 degrees in 1994.

“I would say you’ll be around that record,” Dippman said.

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