Forecast: Nicest weekend of the fall in metro Detroit?

Make your plans now!

DETROIT – The upcoming weekend looks amazing, with perfect weather for your outdoor plans.

And if you don't have plans, make some! You know very well that weekends like this become increasingly rare as we move further into fall.

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Clear skies tonight with areas of fog once again possible well after midnight. Lows generally near 50 closer to Detroit's Urban Heat Island, and in the mid to upper 40s in the suburbs. Wind becoming calm.

Any dense fog early Saturday morning will burn off between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., leaving all of us with brilliant sunshine for the day. Highs once again in the mid 70s. East wind at 4 to 8 mph.

Clear once again Saturday night, with lows between 45 and 50.

After a sunny start, skies become partly cloudy at some point Sunday afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s.

Partly cloudy Sunday night, with lows between 45 and 50.

Mostly sunny Monday, with highs in the mid 70s.

Partly cloudy Monday night. Lows in the low 50s. Note: a weak cold front will cross the area Monday night. At this point, I don't believe that the front will have enough moisture to work with to generate any rain. So the forecast remains dry right now, but stay tuned.

Partly cloudy on Tuesday as the above-mentioned cold front exits the area. Highs in the low 70s.

Mostly clear Tuesday night, with lows in the low 50s.

Wednesday and Thursday both look spectacular, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s.

Then, a stronger, more dynamic cold front than the Monday night cold front will cross our area Friday, with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs Friday near 70, but after that, we'll probably see a stretch of highs only in the 60s. Note: the long range computer models differ on the timing of this cold front.

The GFS model brings it in faster – late Thursday, in fact – while the normally more reliable ECMWF model holds it off until Friday.

Right now, I'm going with the ECMWF timing until more evidence arises pointing me in the other direction.

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