DETROIT – Good Tuesday morning!
Before getting to the forecast, I’d be remiss not to mention that today is the 125th anniversary of Michigan’s second deadliest tornado: The Great Cyclone of 1896. It’s one of only four F5 tornadoes to ever hit Michigan, and I’ve spent the past five months researching this monster twister: diving into 125-year-old newspaper coverage, old original photos of the aftermath and even traveling along the tornado’s path. You’ll be able to find the story on ClickOnDetroit this morning.
Fortunately, we don’t have much in the way of violent weather to talk about in my forecast.
Today’s sunrise was at 6:03 a.m.
Tuesday’s weather word will be “hot.”
Partly sunny to partly cloudy skies and a brisk southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph will boost temperatures into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. Today’s record high is 90 degrees, set in 2012. Technically there is a very, very small chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm late in the afternoon or early evening, but most of us should remain dry.
Tuesday’s sunset is at 8:58 p.m.
Clouds will increase Tuesday night with a shower or thunderstorm possible late at night. Very warm lows will be in the upper 60s. This would be close to Tuesday’s record for warmest low temperature (70 degrees set in 1991), but we’ll drop below this Wednesday evening, so this record is not in jeopardy.
Rainy days ahead
Showers and thunderstorms are possible through about lunchtime Wednesday as a cold front approaches, moving from west to east. The Storm Prediction Center still has us in the marginal category for severe weather, but I think the risk is pretty low. Skies will clear behind the front, so we’ll see increasing sunshine Wednesday afternoon. Highs will be in the low 80s.
Wednesday night will be mostly clear with more comfortable lows in the low 50s.
Thursday will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s. Clouds will increase Thursday night with rain developing -- all of us should get this much-needed water. Lows will be in the upper 40s.
Friday won’t be a great day for outdoor recreation. Rain is likely, especially during the first half-of the day, with highs barely reaching 60 degrees, and many of us not even getting there. Skies will gradually clear Friday night, with chilly lows in the mid 40s.
Holiday weekend preview
Saturday and Sunday look splendid, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 60s Saturday, and bumping up into the low 70s on Sunday.
Please don’t forget the sunscreen and hats this weekend. The cooler high temperature has no impact whatsoever on the fact that the sun’s rays are nearing their strongest of the entire year. You will burn just as easily with temps in the 60s and low 70s as you would if they were in the 80s.
Memorial Day itself looks like it’ll remain dry, but barely.
We’ll start with partly cloudy skies on Monday, then clouds will increase. Highs will remain pleasant in the mid 70s.
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