Metro Detroit weather: Wet weekend before temperatures ramp up

Rain returns Saturday

DETROIT – Temperatures are on their way up, and we can finally see some 70s down the road. But we have to get through a wet weekend first.

Warmer days

We’re done with the freeze warnings, though temperatures will be close to the freezing mark waking up on Friday morning. Expect a big jump by afternoon, with highs about 30 degrees warmer, reaching the low 60s. We should see some sunshine along with it.

The weekend won’t be quite as warm, with highs only in the upper 50s and slightly below normal for late April.

But we move up quickly next week. Monday gets us back to the low and mid-60s. Then -- are you ready for this? -- three straight days with highs in the 70s. In fact, there’s a reasonable chance some of us will touch 80 degrees Wednesday.

Then, we cool down a bit by the end of next week.

Saturday rain

Rain is still likely Saturday, mainly in the afternoon through the nighttime hours. It’s possible a shower might linger into the post-sunrise hours of Sunday. But the overwhelming majority of the daylight hours will be dry.

Expect breezy conditions both weekend days, as well. Model data is showing lower rainfall amounts than previous runs. It looks like we’ll get a half inch or less out of that system.

We still need a good soaking. This week’s drought monitor shows a majority of Southeast Michigan is now under a moderate drought. We’re now below normal for the month, season and the year.

There are good rain chances next week, but not until Wednesday and Thursday. Some of those showers could come with thunder, as well.

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