Forecast: Another gorgeous day ahead in metro Detroit

And so is some much needed rain

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DETROIT – Our spectacular stretch of September weather continues, and there's more good stuff in the forecast.

But we do need some rain, and we have one shot at it over the next seven days. Not tonight, though, which will feature mostly clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Lows in the upper 50s (15° Celsius for you Canadians). Light south wind becoming nearly calm overnight.

Keep the shades handy Thursday, and plan on an outdoor lunch -- it's going to be an amazing day with lots of sunshine and highs in the mid 80s (29° Celsius). South-southwest wind at 8 to 13 mph. Thursday's sunrise is at 7:15 AM, and Thursday's sunset is at 7:40 PM.

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the low 60s.

Partly cloudy on Friday, then clouds increase and there's a chance for some showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon. Highs near 80°.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday night, with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Saturday is still a bit tricky due to the approaching cold front's timing. Today's computer models give us a good chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, with some sunshine developing as the afternoon progresses. The only question is if we salvage a good chunk of the afternoon, or just the end of it. I should be able to answer that question tomorrow, so check back with me then. Highs Saturday in the mid 70s.

Becoming mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the upper 40s.

Mostly sunny on Sunday -- a splendid fall weekend day -- with highs in the upper 60s.

Then next week brings mostly sunny or partly cloudy skies from Monday through Thursday, with highs generally around 70°, and overnight lows averaging upper 40s to near 50°. Fortunately, it appears that most of us will get a good soaking rain at some point this Friday night into Saturday morning, so that will help with our dry soil conditions.

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