Metro Detroit weather forecast: Mother Nature issues a 'correction'

Much colder temps on the way


What a heat wave that was.  Obviously, it’s not unusual to get a day or two like that in September, but six consecutive days is almost unheard of.  Here are the high temperatures recorded during the streak, followed by the records in parentheses:  

Thursday:  89°  (92°)

Friday:  89°  (91°)

Today:  91°  (89°)

Sunday:  89°  (89°)

Monday:  90°  (93°)

Tuesday:  93°  (91°)

Say goodbye to those temperatures, as this morning’s cold front took care of that.  What the front didn’t do (as expected) was give us the rain we so desperately needed.  Some areas didn’t get a drop, while others that did didn’t get enough to make a difference.  Here are some of today’s rain totals:

Skies will be mostly clear tonight, with lows dropping to near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) in the Urban Heat Island near Detroit, and into the mid 40s (7-8 degrees Celsius) in suburban and rural areas.  Northwest wind at 5 t0 10 mph.

Mostly sunny on Thursday, with highs in the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius).  Northwest wind at 5 to 10 mph. 

Thursday’s sunrise is at 7:27 a.m., and Thursday’s sunset is at 7:20 p.m.

Increasing clouds Thursday night, with scattered showers possible late at night.  Lows in the mid to upper 40s (7-9 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy with scattered showers still possible on Friday…especially in the Thumb.  Highs in the mid to upper 60s (19-20 degrees Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius) in the Heat Island, and in the low to mid 40s (6-8 degrees Celsius) in suburban and rural locations.

The Weekend

Yet another spectacular Pure Michigan weekend is just around the corner!  We’ll have sunny skies and light wind both Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius) on Saturday, and into the low 70s (21-22 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.  Overnight lows will remain generally in the 40s (6-9 degrees Celsius).  If you’re getting married this weekend, you really can’t ask for better September weather!

Next Rain?

Unfortunately, today’s computer models continue advertising less-than-stellar rain chances with a potential cold front on Tuesday.  In fact, today’s ECMWF model never brings the front through and, instead, builds yet another massive upper level high pressure ridge right over the Great Lakes…meaning more sunshine and warm temperatures.  If this model solution verifies, than we won’t see any rain at all next week.  Parts of our area are in near-drought conditions (if not already there), and we desperately need the rain.  I’ll have the updated Drought Monitor tomorrow and will share that with you in tomorrow’s weather article.  

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