Metro Detroit weather: Pleasant Thursday, then more rain

Thursday highs in mid, upper 60s

We will see plenty of sunshine this morning, and then high clouds will start filtering in this afternoon and then thicken later in the day. So, when you factor sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 60s, it’ll be a pleasant day ahead!

DETROIT – Yesterday’s cold front has ushered in a cooler, less humid air mass -- what a great night of sleeping weather it became!

Wind will blow from the north at 5 to 10 mph, so those of you in parts of the Thumb will likely remain only in the 50s this afternoon.

Thursday’s sunset is at 8:59 p.m.

More much-needed rain will develop Thursday night. Lows will be in the mid to upper 40s. Northeast winds will move at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday rain

Under normal circumstances, I would rant and rave about what a crummy day Friday will be. However, we so desperately need to build upon yesterday’s rain and recharge our soil moisture that I am rejoicing at the rain we’ll get, which likely will total at least one-half to one inch through midday Friday.

The rain may diminish to scattered light showers Friday afternoon. So, with highs only reaching the low to mid 50s, it’ll be a rough day for outdoor activities but, again, look out the window and cherish this much-needed rain!

We still may see some showers linger into Friday night, with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Memorial Day weekend

If you read Wednesday’s weather article, then you may recall my discussion about the upper level low pressure system that may hold some showers in the area Saturday morning. Some of Thursday’s computer models are trending toward less development of that upper low, but others still hold some showers around.

Based on everything I’m seeing, I think there’s still at least a chance for mostly morning showers south of Eight Mile Road, with increasing sunshine the farther north you are from there. This is still a very close call, and the next couple of computer model runs will clarify things.

Saturday will be breezy, with a north wind blowing at 10 to 20 mph. With highs in the low to mid 60s, it won’t feel as warm as some of you might like.

Sunday still looks fantastic, with mostly sunny skies and highs near 70 degrees.

Memorial Day will start partly cloudy, with clouds increasing during the afternoon. But most importantly, it will be a dry day, with highs in the mid 70s.

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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.