Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Friday kicks off warm weekend

Friday highs near 70 degrees

Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Friday kicks off warm weekend, May 14, 2021, noon update
Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Friday kicks off warm weekend, May 14, 2021, noon update

DETROITFinally: Happy Friday!

What a day it was yesterday! I was at Comerica Park for the Tigers game, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Nice and warm (but not too hot) when the sun was out, and pleasantly cool whenever a fair weather cumulus cloud moved in front of the sun.

I did notice some people getting sunburned, however. As I’ve mentioned all week long, remember that the sun’s rays are as strong right now as they are in late July, and that the temperature has no impact on the strength of those rays. You can just as easily burn in the midday sun today when it’s in the 60s as you can if it were in the 80s. So, wear a hat and slap on some sunscreen if you’ll be out enjoying the mostly sunny skies on this Friday (and don’t forget to sunscreen those ears if they’ll be exposed -- I do every time).

Highs should be not far from 70 degrees, with a light southwest wind moving at 4 to 8 mph.

Friday’s sunrise was at 6:13 a.m., and sunset is at 8:47 p.m.

Friday night will be mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 40s and calm air.

Weekend forecast

It will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Saturday, and it might become mostly cloudy late in the day. Highs will be in the low 70s. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, with lows in the low 50s.

Sunday continues to have higher uncertainty than I’d like -- especially only two days ahead of time.

An upper level disturbance will cross lower Michigan, so that normally brings a scattered shower chance. However, there are other factors arguing against that rain. Right now, my suggestion is to plan for a handful of light showers or sprinkles to pop up, with more of us not seeing one than will.

If you plan on spending the day outdoors, and a lot of people will, then check our app’s real-time radar from time-to-time just to keep ahead of any developing drips.

Can I finally plant my flowers?

I have taken a look at the long range computer models this morning, and I saw nothing even resembling the type of pattern that would give us any frost through the end of the month. So I am making my annual declaration: It is now safe to plant your flowers!

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