Metro Detroit weather: Winds of change are blowing

What about the weekend?


DETROIT – Midday showers and thunderstorms came through right on schedule today, and now the expected windy conditions have commenced, with many reporting stations now gusting between 25 and 35 mph. An initially partly cloudy sky will become mostly cloudy overnight, with lows in the mid 40s (7 degrees Celsius). It’ll remain breezy, with southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.


Any partial sunshine early Friday should disappear behind increasing clouds.  Most of us should remain dry, but some models try to generate a couple of light, late-afternoon showers north of M-59. Highs in the mid-60s (18 degrees Celsius). South wind at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday’s sunrise is at 6:33 a.m., and Friday’s sunset is at 8:30 p.m.

Cloudy Friday night, with a scattered shower possible. Lows near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius).

The Weekend

With a little luck, we may be able to squeeze out a dry first half of the day Saturday. That’s really, really good news because the 2017 March of Dimes Detroit March for Babies is this Saturday morning, and I’m told it’s going to be their biggest walk ever! I’m honored to be the emcee helping to kick off the event, and will do everything in my power to hold off the rain. Okay, okay, I can’t control the weather. But it sure sounds good. Saturday morning is also the University of Michigan’s Spring Commencement at 10 a.m., and it’ll hopefully also remain dry for that. I well remember my U of M commencement back in 1983…a cold rain fell that morning, forcing them to move it to Crisler Arena. Lee Iacocca was our commencement speaker, even though his wife, Mary, took seriously ill the night before. But he honored his commitment in Ann Arbor.  Saturday afternoon brings a higher risk of light showers moving in, especially south, and it’ll be a cooler day with highs in the upper 50s (15 degrees Celsius).

Rain increases Saturday night, with lows in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius).

There’s a better chance of rain for the day on Sunday and highs are going to be tricky: I expect a strong warm front to eventually come through the area, and temps will jump up to near 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius) behind it. However, that high may not occur until very late in the day, depending upon when the front arrives.

Next Week

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Monday, with highs near 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy, breezy, and much cooler on Tuesday with a few light showers possible. Highs in the upper 50s (15 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Wednesday, with highs in the upper 50s (15 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy with a shower possible on Thursday, and highs once again in the upper 50s (15 degrees Celsius).

Friday looks mostly cloudy and breezy, with some showers still possible. Highs only in the mid-50s (13 degrees Celsius).

At this point, it still appears that the sun will return just in time for next weekend.

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