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Metro Detroit weather: One day until taste of spring

Cold front sticks around through Thursday

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DETROIT – Right on schedule, a cold front crossed Metro Detroit on Tuesday night, ushering in a colder air mass that will only stick around through Thursday.

After that, you’d better plan some outdoor activities. Whether it’s recreation or chores, the weather will most definitely cooperate this weekend, and if you’ve been postponing the taking down of your Christmas lights, this is your weekend, so don’t waste the opportunity.

But first, we need to get through this quick cold spell, which only dropped us back to average winter temperatures. Any evening flurries or light snow showers should end, with skies remaining mostly cloudy through the night.

Lows will be in the upper teens to near 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius). Northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph should weaken to the lower end of that range later at night.

It will be mostly cloudy to start Thursday, then sunshine will increase by afternoon. Highs will be in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius). Northwest winds will become variable during the day and blow at 4 to 8 mph.

Thursday’s sunrise is at 7:28 a.m., and Thursday’s sunset is at 6:07 p.m.

It will be mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid-20s (-4 degrees Celsius).

Friday will be partly cloudy, with highs back into the low 40s (5 degrees Celsius), and we’re not stopping there. It will be mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the mid-30s (2 degrees Celsius). Keep in mind that this is our average high for the day.

Saturday will be mostly sunny and even warmer, with highs in the mid- to upper 50s (14 degrees Celsius). It will be mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the mid-30s (2 degrees Celsius).

It will be mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the mid-50s (12 degrees Celsius). Sunday night will be mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s (3 to 4 degrees Celsius).

Monday will be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s (14 to 15 degrees Celsius). It will be mostly clear Monday night, with lows in the low 40s (5 to 6 degrees Celsius).

We’ll still be warm on Tuesday, but there’s a chance for showers to develop by afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid-50s (11 to 12 degrees Celsius).

I took a look at the long-range computer models Wednesday afternoon, and they suggest that the well-above-average temperatures will stay with us through Friday or Saturday of next week before we return to average winter temperatures Sunday into the last week of the month.

Will we set any records? It’ll be close on a couple of days, but right now, I don’t think we’ll set any record highs.

Here are the record highs we’re shooting for:

  • Saturday: 62 degrees (16.7 degrees Celsius)
  • Sunday: 64 degrees (17.8 degrees Celsius)
  • Monday and Tuesday: 63 degrees (17.2 degrees Celsius)

In case you’re wondering, here are the record warmest low temperatures we’re shooting for:

  • Saturday: 39 degrees (4.2 degrees Celsius)
  • Sunday: 42 degrees (5.5 degrees Celsius)
  • Monday: 47 degrees (8.3 degrees Celsius)
  • Tuesday: 43 degrees (6.1 degrees Celsius) -- This might be our best chance to break a record

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