Metro Detroit weather forecast: Spectacular weekend ahead!

Plus: Ominous news from the tropics

Once this morning’s fog thinned, our Friday turned into a very nice day, with afternoon highs reaching the upper 70s to near 80 degrees (26-27 degrees Celsius).  Expect more of the same this weekend!

Skies will rapidly clear this evening, with some patchy fog possible once again well after midnight.  Lows in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees (14-16 degrees Celsius), with calm air.

Mostly sunny on Saturday, with highs in the low 80s (28 degrees Celsius).  Southeast wind at 4 to 8 mph means that those of you west of Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Huron will be a bit cooler.

Saturday’s sunrise is at 7:15 a.m., and Saturday’s sunset is at 7:41 p.m.

Mostly clear Saturday night, with more patchy fog possible, late.  Lows near 60 degrees (16 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the low to mid 80s (28-29 degrees Celsius).

The weather looks absolutely amazing for the JDRF One Walk at Milliken State Park here in downtown Detroit, which begins at 9:00 a.m.  My close friend, Local4Caster Brandon Roux, has Type 1 diabetes, as does his son, Christian, and they will be there supporting this great effort to raise money to fund research that will ultimately find a cure.  You can read more about Brandon’s story, and get more information about how you can participate in the walk here. Brandon and family hope to see you there!

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Sunday night as a cold front approaches.  Lows in the mid 60s (18 degrees Celsius).

The front’s progress will be slowed by Hurricane Jose moving northward in the western Atlantic, so we keep a scattered shower chance on Monday and Tuesday although, at this point, it doesn’t look as if we’ll see much rain.  Highs both days should be in the mid to upper 70s (25 degrees Celsius).

Caveat: Jose will create all sorts of problems with trying to assess our weather pattern next week.  However, it still appears that we’ll be dry from Wednesday into the weekend, with warm temperatures generally in the low 80s (27-28 degrees Celsius), and lows in the mid 60s (18 degrees Celsius).

Tropical Update

As of mid-afternoon, Jose was still a strong tropical storm, with 70 mph sustained winds near its core.  The forecast path through Monday is pretty straight forward, with agreement among the models of a generally northward track between Bermuda and the U.S. mainland.  After that, however, the models become so out of touch with each other and with bizarre forecast paths, that it wouldn’t be responsible to show them to you.  The bottom line is that the long range models suggest some scenarios that have Jose impacting part of New England as a tropical storm or low-end Category 1 hurricane, particularly in the vicinity of Boston, mid-to-late week…This is by no means certain, especially with some of the strange paths this storm could take (including another loop around shown on one model).  And it’s equally likely that Jose could remain just offshore, keeping its worst impacts away from land.  All we can do as responsible meteorologists is inform you about the potential threat, and keep you  updated.  Please ignore all of the “Fake Weather” you’ll undoubtedly see on social media this weekend into early next week.

As if Jose isn’t enough to watch, two other developing tropical systems are forming in the eastern Atlantic.  The computer models suggest a possible track for the western one right over the same part of the Leeward Islands that was hit by Hurricane Irma.  Even if this disturbance “only” becomes a tropical storm, it would still be terrible to have this major disruption to the rebuilding efforts there.  Furthermore, the models suggest this storm holding together and becoming something we’ll have to track for possible U.S. impacts the last week of this month.  Stay tuned…

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