Metro Detroit weather: Monitoring severe storm threat Friday

Friday highs in the low, mid 70s

DETROIT – TGIF! I’m going to chalk up yesterday’s weather as a win-win: Thursday was dry and pleasant from morning into the early afternoon, and then we got some much-needed rain while also keeping the severe weather at bay. Nothing wrong with that -- unless you got caught on the golf course when the storms moved in (and that never happens to those who have the free Local4Casters app).

There will be many similarities to Friday’s weather, but some important differences, too.

The difference Friday is that, as opposed to yesterday’s solid line of rain and storms, anything that develops this afternoon will be much more scattered -- fewer of us will see them. However, we will also check more of those meteorological boxes today: instability will be greater, we’ll have significantly better wind shear, we’ll have stronger wind aloft than yesterday and some other complex meteorological indices. All of this means that if any storms do pop up, there’s a slightly better chance for damaging wind gusts.

But, again, I want to emphasize that I don’t expect very many storms this afternoon. So, while the severe risk is more robust than yesterday, the coverage will be so much less -- some of us won’t see a drop today. Just keep an eye on our app’s radar if you plan to be outdoors this afternoon, stay ahead of the weather!

Friday highs should reach the low to mid 70s, and wind will increase from the south to 15 to 20 mph, with gusts between 35 and 40 mph possible in the afternoon.

Friday’s sunset is at 8:08 p.m.

Scattered showers Friday evening will end, and skies become partly cloudy later on. Lows will be in the low 50s. South wind will move southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Wet weekend

It will be partly cloudy to start on Saturday, then clouds increase during the afternoon, and rain and thunderstorms move in by late afternoon or early evening (mid-afternoon south of I-94). Highs will be in the low to mid 70s.

Rain and thunderstorms will hammer the region Saturday night. A few stronger wind gusts are possible with this next batch of storms, but I expect the bulk of any severe weather to be south of the state line. It appears that we could receive a half-inch to an inch of much-needed rain on Saturday. Lows will be in the low 50s.

I’ll keep an eye on things over the weekend and post special updates on Twitter (@PGLocal4) if there are any meaningful changes.

The Saturday night rain will end after midnight, with a slot of partial clearing moving in that we could start the day Sunday with. However, we’ll cloud up again and rain showers will develop for Sunday afternoon. It’ll be noticeably cooler, with highs only in the upper 50s, and we should stay around that 58 to 60 degree temperature range for highs through the coming week. But don’t get too depressed about that, as this is our long-term average high temperature for this time of year. We’ve certainly been living large lately!

Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation. Just search your app store under WDIV and it’s right there available for both iPhones and Androids! Or click the appropriate link below.

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