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A cold front pushing south from Canada combined with a disturbance moving east from Wisconsin will kick off showers and thunderstorms on Monday afternoon. A secondary area of low pressure from the Central Plains will slide along the front Tuesday keeping the threat of storms around.

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The Storm Prediction Center does not expect any severe weather across the United States in the next few days. Any storms that develop or push into West Michigan could contain some gusty wind and small hail as the primary threat. Frequently lightning and heavy downpours are possible. West Michigan is rather dry right now. The last significant rain for Grand Rapids was several weeks ago.

Before you head out for any outdoor activities review these safety tips:
Thunderstorm and lightning safety rules
Flash flood/flood safety rules

Monday will be warm and muggy with highs mid 80s inland with cooler readings and the lakeshore. Dewpoint temperatures hover in the muggy mid 60s. Behind this disturbance cooler and decidedly more comfortable air settles into the state by Wednesday with highs in the 70s and dewpoints in the 50s.

See the attached slideshow for more on the storms and temperatures.

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