Metro Detroit weather: Mild Thursday, then temps drop


DETROIT – We’ll start our Thursday with lots of clouds, but some breaks will develop by afternoon, giving us at least partial sunshine for a few hours.

That sun, combined with a milder air mass moving in ahead of tonight’s cold front, will push temperatures into the mid 50s (12 degrees Celsius), although a southeast wind at 7 to 12 mph will have something to say about that: those on the eastside near the big lakes may only barely reach 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius), while those in our West Zone, farthest from the lakes, may get as high as the upper 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

Today’s sunrise is at 7:49 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 7:37 p.m.

Clouds increase this evening, and it remains mild initially ahead of the cold front. Although a few widely scattered, light showers are possible this evening, the best chance for showers is between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Once the front passes by, the showers move out, the wind picks up, temperatures drop sharply, and skies start to clear. Lows in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius). Wind initially shifting from the southeast to south, and then to the west after the front moves through, increasing to 10 to 20 mph.

Mostly sunny, windy and cold on Friday (if you remember last Friday, this Friday will be similar). Temperatures perhaps go up a few degrees into the low to mid 40s (5 to 7 degrees Celsius) in the afternoon, but wind chills will be in the mid 30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) due to a gusty west wind at 15 to 25 mph.

Mostly clear Friday night, with lows near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius).

Weekend update

The weekend forecast has remained stable all week long, and there are no changes today: a large dome of Canadian high pressure sliding southeastward from the Saskatchewa /Manitoba region will keep the next weather system to our south and our weekend dry.

A broken deck of mid or high level clouds may be overhead on Saturday, but Sunday should be mostly sunny. Saturday and Saturday night will be a great time to watch the radar on the free Local4Casters weather app, as the precipitation slides eastward just south of the state line! Highs both days in the low 40s (5 to 6 degrees Celsius).

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