Forecast: Cool, windy weekend in metro Detroit

Can we hit 80 degrees next week?


DETROIT – Spotty light evening showers end, then another batch of showers moves in late tonight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest wind at 5 to 10 mph.

Keep the umbrella handy Saturday, as periodic showers cross southeast Michigan. The most widespread batch will be in the morning, but scattered showers are possible into Saturday evening (highest chances during the afternoon are in the Thumb). Highs in the upper 50s, and it's going to be windy as well, with a southwest to west wind at 15 to 25 mph by afternoon.

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Since it'll be a great day for indoor activities, join the Local 4 News team at the Michigan School Expo at Oakland Mall! Many of us will be there Saturday afternoon. I'll be there from 3-4 p.m. -- come on out and say hi! Cloudy Saturday evening with widely scattered showers, then becoming partly cloudy late at night. Lows in the low 40s.

Partly cloudy and continued windy on Sunday (even windier than Saturday). Highs in the mid to upper 50s. Mostly clear Sunday night, with lows in the upper 30s.

Next week:

Partly cloudy and less windy on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the upper 50s to near 60.

Things then start getting interesting on Wednesday as a strong warm front (the front edge of much warmer air) approaches. The first part of the day should be partly cloudy, then there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the day and into Wednesday night. Highs Wednesday near 60, with lows Wednesday night only dropping into the mid 50s.

The warm front should clear the area Thursday morning, taking the showers and thunderstorms with it. As long as this timing verifies, we'll become mostly sunny for the afternoon with highs zooming into the mid to upper 70s.

Given that we've already had a couple of precious days this spring with highs of 79 and 80, if we get enough sunshine Thursday it's not impossible that some of us could squeak out an 80 degree high, especially if the ECMWF model has the correct solution to the evolving weather pattern (the GFS and CMC models keep us in the mid 70s).

Don't expect an extended period with these temperatures…our winning streak stops at one day as a cold front approaches on Friday, bringing another chance of showers and thunderstorms, and highs in the upper 60s.

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