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Heat advisory issued for Saturday in Metro Detroit

Robert Snell and Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Liquor-luge salesman Ray Yaldo has a serious case of meltage to deal with this weekend.

The hottest day of the year is expected Saturday with temperatures in the mid-90s — heat that will attack Yaldo’s luges carved out of ice that funnel liquor down a frozen ramp into the mouths of wedding guests and partiers across Metro Detroit.

“You get meltage,” said Yaldo, sales manager of U.S. Ice in Detroit.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from noon until midnight Saturday.

The advisory covers all of Metro Detroit, including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee, Monroe, Lenawee and Shiawassee counties.

“It’s going to be pretty warm and pretty humid,” said NWS meteorologist Dan Thompson from the White Lake Township station.

The weather service predicts temperatures will hit the low- to mid-90s Saturday afternoon, with heat index readings of 100 to 105.

“It will be the hottest day of the year thus far,” Thompson said. “It will also be very humid, making the temperature feel like it’s between 95 and 100 degrees.”

U.S. Ice will staff 40 people this weekend, double the normal amount, and produce about 120 bags of ice every minute — or 50,000 bags a day, Yaldo said.

The company also makes ice sculptures and the luges, which are carved out of a single 125-pound block of ice.

In this heat, the luges last about nine hours.

“My guys will be working around the clock,” Yaldo said. “Any time the heat reaches 85 (degrees) and up, we get really, really swamped.”

The predicted low for Saturday night will be in the mid-70s with a 40 percent chance of showers.

That rain percentage will jump to 60 percent on Sunday with highs near 90. The predicted low for Sunday night is 66.

According to NWS records, the normal high for July 18 is 84 with a normal low of 64.

After the weekend, the heat will moderate a bit. The high temperature is forecast to be 84 Monday and Tuesday, with mostly sunny skies both days.

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