Fall arrives Wednesday, but summer won’t give up easily
Don’t break out the UGG boots and sweaters just yet, summer is still holding on as high temperatures are leading into the fall equinox Wednesday.
When autumn begins at 4:21 a.m., leaves won’t suddenly start to change and fall off the trees, and the promise of warmer weather is in the forecast.
Temperatures have been dancing around the upper 70s and the 80-degree mark for the month of September and likely will stay that way for now, at least.
Sara Schultz, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in White Lake, says temperatures couldn’t be any better for the Metro Detroit area.
“The weather looks fantastic,” Schultz said. “It’s going to be sunny skies and high 70s for the next week with no rain in the forecast.”
Michiganians are no strangers to sporadic weather, and many are enjoying the extended summer.
Terry Carr, an urban farmer at the Lafayette Greens Garden in Detroit, credits the longevity of the produce to the warm weather.
“We have been able to extend the life of the beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Last year, we had to pull up most of the produce the last week of August,” Carr said. “I hope the weather stays this nice until Christmas, but I know that’s wishful thinking.”
Michigan was the fifth coldest state in September 2014, according to the National Center for Environmental Information, with an average temperature of 50 degrees.
Higher than normal temperatures are predicted for autumn, as the average temperature for October will be three degrees warmer than the average of 52 degrees, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
Gloria Anderson of Detroit, who likes to spend time outside, is looking forward to colder weather.
“I grew up in Louisiana, so winter is a welcome change for me,” Anderson said. “I like an extended summer, but I much more prefer the fall and winter.”
While summer is officially over, it’s not too late to bask in the autumn sunshine.
“It’s nice out, enjoy it,” Schultz said.