Forecast: Much cooler air on the way into metro Detroit

How long will it last? Hint: get used to it


DETROIT – Wind this evening is gusting between 25 and 40 mph immediately behind a cold front that just crossed the area.

Cooler air and light showers are also filtering in behind the front. While I am not expecting the type of downpours that some of you got during the day today, be prepared for some drizzle or light showers this evening, especially the farther north and west of Detroit you are. Temperatures quickly falling into the 40s this evening, and down to a low near 40° by dawn (5° Celsius for you Canadians). Southwest wind diminishing to 10 to 15 mph.

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Becoming windy again on Tuesday with scattered light showers developing midday and continuing through the afternoon. Highs in the low 50s (11° Celsius). West-southwest wind at 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts.

Tuesday's sunrise is at 6:44 AM, and Tuesday's sunset is at 8:21 PM.

Showers diminish Tuesday evening, with a possible flurry possible late at night! Lows in the mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy and still windy on Wednesday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s. A stray early morning flurry or afternoon shower are possible.

Becoming partly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the low 30s.

Partly to mostly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the upper 40s.

Gradual clearing Thursday night, with lows in the low 30s.

Mostly sunny on Friday, with highs in the low 50s.

Mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the mid 30s.

Either mostly sunny, or partly to mostly cloudy on Saturday -- it depends upon how far north a storm system passing to our south gets. The GFS and GEM models keep it far enough away to keep us mostly sunny. However, the ECMWF model brings it farther north with more cloud cover. Let's see where the models converge on their solution over the next couple of days before declaring Saturday a "nice" day or not. Highs probably reaching the mid 50s.

Becoming mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the mid 30s.

Mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the mid 50s.

Mostly clear Sunday night, with lows in the mid 30s.

Partly to mostly cloudy on Monday, with highs in the mid 50s.

So how long will this cooler air stick around? I studied the super long range models this afternoon, and they suggest that we'll remain well below average temperature-wise through the end of the month, with a change back to more reasonable spring weather the first week in May.

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