Metro Detroit Weather: Dry stretch ahead, clear skies in the future


DETROIT – A large, sprawling area of high pressure has settled over the Great Lakes region, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  In fact, even when it does finally nudge eastward, a dry northwest flow aloft will only bring moisture-starved fronts across our area, and I don’t see any of them bringing rain.  Keep the sunglasses handy -- you’ll use them a lot over the next week!

Tonight will feature clear skies, with lows in the upper 30s to near 40° (4° Celsius for our Canadian friends).  

Light southwest wind.

The weekend ahead is going to be spectacular, especially by November standards.  Mostly sunny both Saturday and Sunday, with mostly clear skies continuing at night.  Highs in the low to mid 60s (16-17° Celsius), with overnight lows in the mid 40s (7° Celsius).  If you have yard work you need to get done, I strongly recommend getting out there now before the weather takes a turn, which it will (see my long-range outlook at the end of the article).

Reminder #1:  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night, as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to Eastern Standard Time.  Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

Reminder #2:  Clear skies at night means that we’ll be able to see the annual Taurid Meteor Shower.  I posted all of the details here.

Sunshine continues on Monday, with highs in the low 60s (16° Celsius). 

Mostly clear Monday night, with lows in the mid 40s (8° Celsius). 

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Election Day as a weak, moisture-starved cold front crosses the area either late in the day or Tuesday night.  Highs near 60° (15° Celsius). 

There will be no weather-based excuses for not getting to the polls and voting.  There are a lot of people around the world that wish they had the privilege that we have of choosing our national and local leaders.  Even if this election has you disgusted, get out and vote!  Remember:  “no show, no gripe.”

Mostly sunny again on Wednesday, with highs in the low 60s (16° Celsius). 

Partly cloudy on Thursday as another moisture-starved cold front crosses the area.  Highs near 60° (15° Celsius). 

Partly cloudy on Friday as some colder air sinks down across the Great Lakes.  Highs in the low to mid 50s (12° Celsius). 

The long-range ensemble models still suggest a sharp cool-down by the end of the week-after-next (November 17th and beyond).  There might be highs in the 40s (7-9° Celsius). with a hard freeze at night.  If the ensemble models verify, say goodbye to your annuals that haven’t yet succumbed to frost.

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