Metro Detroit weather: Small chance for rain Sunday afternoon with highs in the low 70s

Monday brings some clouds

Sunday, May 16, 2021 weather update
Sunday, May 16, 2021 weather update

DETROIT – Although we started our Sunday with some showers around they rapidly diminished early this morning, and most of the rest of the day should be dry as this morning’s computer models downplayed our afternoon shower chances.

That doesn’t mean that there is no chance for a brief pop-up shower. Rather, it means that most of us won’t see one and only a few of us will. So, even with small chances, you still want to periodically check our app’s real-time radar just to make sure nothing pops up and heads your way if you have outdoor plans.

Highs in the low 70s (22 degrees Celsius) today will be similar to Saturday’s high. Wind remains light and from the southeast, at 4 to 8 mph so, once again, those on the east side near the big lakes will be cooler today.

Today’s sunrise is at 6:11 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 8:49 p.m.

Partly cloudy Sunday night, with lows in the low to mid 50s (11 to 12 degrees Celsius), and calm air.

Monday brings some clouds, but increasing sunshine during the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s (23 to 24 degrees Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear Monday night, with lows in the mid 50s (12 to 13 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Tuesday with highs in the mid to upper 70s (25 to 26 degrees Celsius).

Increasing clouds Tuesday night with lows in the middle 50s (14 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Wednesday as a warm front crosses the area from south to north, which could trigger a few showers. Highs in the upper 70s (26 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Wednesday night, and you’ll notice the much warmer air mass as temperatures only drop into the low 60s (17 degrees Celsius).

Thursday and Friday looks to be partly cloudy and hot. Highs should reach the mid 80s (30 degrees Celsius)!

The hot weather continues into next weekend, as highs remain in the mid to upper 80s (30 to 31 degrees Celsius). This far in advance, it’s almost impossible to nail down the placement of any upper level disturbances crossing the state, which could trigger scattered thunderstorms. In fact, the warm temperatures combined with the cold early season lake temperatures means that some robust lake breezes could develop next weekend…and those by themselves could trigger a few thunderstorms if the atmosphere is unstable enough.


About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.