Metro Detroit weather: Gorgeous day in progress!

But how long will this last?


DETROIT – What a difference a day makes.

A cold front -- the front edge of a much drier air mass -- came through the area early this morning, and we've felt the mugginess decreasing all day long. Combined with sunshine and temps in the upper 70s to near 80 in some areas, it's been a splendid day. However, as I explained yesterday, our steering winds aloft are blowing west to east across the northern states (that includes us), and this will cause the aforementioned front to buckle back north as a warm front as the day progresses tomorrow.

But before that happens, enjoy the awesome sleeping weather tonight, as temperatures drop into the upper 50s to near 60° (15° Celsius for you Canadians). Very light northeast wind.

Clouds should be on the increase Wednesday. Some computer models pop up a very spotty shower or thunderstorm during the warmest part of the afternoon, but some models keep us dry. I think most of us should be dry and, as I always tell you, check the radar on our free Local4Casters weather app if you have outdoor afternoon plans. Highs should reach the mid 70s (about 23° Celsius). Southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph.

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Wednesday's sunrise is at 5:56 AM, and Wednesday's sunset is at 9:12 PM.

There's a better chance to see a shower or thunderstorm Wednesday night, with lows in the low to mid 60s.

Another cold front crosses the area on Thursday with a line of thunderstorms likely developing ahead of it -- most likely Thursday afternoon. A strengthening wind field aloft suggests the possibility for some severe storms, and this has me particularly concerned about something that I normally don't have to worry about around here: the non-stop barrage of torrential rain events has truly saturated our soil, and that has loosened the base for some of our trees. This could make some trees that normally would be able to withstand strong wind gusts susceptible to uprooting. We'll need to keep an eye on this. Highs Thursday in the low 80s -- perhaps higher if we keep some sunshine around longer into the day.

Showers and storms end Thursday night, with low in the upper 50s.

Mostly sunny and gorgeous on Friday, with highs in the mid 70s.

Partly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the upper 50s.

Saturday's forecast is very, very tricky, as we have another approaching cold front to our north, as well as the remains from Tropical Storm Bill passing to our south. Some models actually suggest that we'll be squeezed in between and miss most of the rain, but other models bring in a tad more moisture from the south and give us a thunderstorm chance. We'll have to stay tuned on this one. Highs in the upper 70s to near 80°.

There's a better chance for a shower and thunderstorm Saturday night into Sunday as that cold front does cross the area. Highs Sunday near 80°.

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