Metro Detroit weather forecast: What to expect this holiday week

DETROIT – Sunshine with some high clouds thrown in for aesthetic effects, combined with very mild temperatures have created an ideal December day.

Of course, we’d love to have a nice day with a fresh coating of snow on the ground, but that’s not in the cards for us this year. Regardless, it’ll feel nice out there with highs in the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius). Southwest wind at 8 to 15 mph.

Today’s sunrise was at 8:00 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 5:05 p.m.

Increasing clouds tonight following the passage of a cold front. This is a weak front, and it doesn’t have much moisture to work with, so it’ll come through dry. Lows in the low 30s (-1 to 0 degrees Celsius).

Christmas Eve Day will be dry, and we’ll hopefully see some sunshine develop during the day. Highs behind the Monday night cold front will drop to the low to mid 40s (6 degrees Celsius).

Christmas Eve forecast

Christmas Eve will also be dry, with evening temperatures in the mid 30s (1 degree Celsius), but temperatures then leveling off for the rest of the night as that cold front retreats back to the north as a warm front.

Christmas Day forecast

Merry Christmas! Christmas Day will be a mild one this year, with at least partial sunshine, and highs back into the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius).

Increasing clouds Wednesday night, with lows in the upper 30s (3 to 4 degrees Celsius).

Happy Kwanzaa! We being the weeklong celebration of African heritage in our African-American community with mostly cloudy skies on Thursday, and highs near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Thursday night, with lows near 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy on Friday, with highs again near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius).

Weekend outlook

The computer models are in disagreement with the weekend weather pattern but, as best as I can determine from the long range models, Saturday appears dry with highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius), and there’s a chance of rain on Sunday, with highs in the low 40s (5 to 6 degrees Celsius). This could change -- stay tuned.

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