Metro Detroit weather: Be patient! Better weather is on the way

Monday highs in upper 50s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.
Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Monday morning!

Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend. This cool spell we’ve been in -- after being spoiled by those warmer temperatures in March and April -- must be driving many of you nuts. But have faith: The good stuff is on its way back. Just not today or Tuesday …

Monday’s sunrise was at 6:17 a.m.

We’ll at least start our Monday with lots of sunshine. Skies will then become partly cloudy by midday, then mostly cloudy this afternoon.

A few showers may pop up, but more of us won’t see them than will. Still, if you have outdoor plans, keep an eye on our app’s real-time radar to stay ahead of any approaching rain. Highs will be in the upper 50s, with a northwest wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph.

Monday’s sunset is at 8:43 p.m.

Once any lingering early evening showers diminish, skies will become mostly clear Monday evening. Temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30s, so frost is once again a possibility.

I know some people who already planted their tender annuals, and I remind you of my annual advice: Don’t plant until Memorial Day weekend, unless the week before is going to be mild -- then you can plant the weekend before Memorial Day. If yours are already out, you may want to cover them (just create a “tent” with some stakes and an old bed sheet). Hanging baskets can simply be brought into the garage for the night.

Warming up this week

Tuesday will be very similar to Monday: It will start mostly sunny, then clouds will develop and scattered afternoon showers are possible. Although the situation isn’t identical to this past Friday, the air aloft may still be cold enough for any robust showers Tuesday afternoon to produce some pea-size hail. This size of hail doesn’t do any damage, so just sit back and enjoy the show if you see some. Highs will be in the mid 50s.

Tuesday night will become mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 30s. While I don’t think frost is a big possibility, those in our coldest rural spots need to monitor this potential for one more night.

Wednesday and Thursday will both be mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 60s. Overnight lows will be in the low 40s, so no frost worries there.

Friday will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. It will be partly cloudy Friday night with lows in the mid 40s.

An even warmer weekend

Saturday will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s.

Sunday is a bit more of a question mark. I see a lot of signs pointing toward a dry day, but the trusty ol’ European model gives us a close call with some rain. So, at this point, I’ll cautiously go with a dry day and highs in the low 70s, but will have to monitor over the next few days and keep you updated.

Important reminder

Even though it’s been cool outside, please remember that the sun’s rays are quite strong now. The temperature has absolutely nothing to do with unprotected skin’s ability to burn if exposed too long. Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, even if you’ll be out in the late morning or early afternoon sun for as little as 30 to 60 minutes (less if you are fair skinned).

Remember: Every sunburn you get ratchets up your chances of getting skin cancer. And trust me, as someone who has had cancer, I’ll just say that you don’t want to go down that road.

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About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.