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Metro Detroit weather: Air Quality Alert issued as temperatures soar Saturday afternoon

Highs near 90 degrees

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DETROITAn Air Quality Alert is in effect for Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Welcome to Saturday, Motown.

The first weekend and Saturday of June will feel like the last weekend in July. Temperatures skyrocket under a searing sun today. It will be warm tonight under fair skies. Hot weather remains tomorrow and next week with increasing humidity and instability.

It’s never too early to acquire our good hot-weather safety skills. That means pack plenty of water to drink, dress in light and loose-fitting clothes and remember to keep all children and pets away from empty vehicles.

Saturday afternoon will be mostly sunny and hot. Highs will be near 90 degrees or more. The record high is 96 degrees from 1925. We’ll come within about 5 degrees of that historic mark. Remember, as we are under the Air Quality Alert (also known as an Ozone Action Day), it is important to keep air pollution levels down. We can do this by car pooling, using public transportation and taking a break from mowing the lawn or using gas-powered equipment.

Saturday evening will be great for grilling and relaxing after a hard day’s work or coming off the 18th hole. Temperatures will be in the warm 80s under fair skies.

Sunset is at 9:06 p.m.

Saturday night will be clear and warm. Overnight lows will be in the middle and upper 60s. Saturn and Jupiter will be visible in the southern and southeastern sky between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday will be hot, mostly sunny and more steamy. Afternoon temperatures will be in the low 90s with heat indices in the middle and upper 90s. The record high is 94 degrees set in 1988.

Monday provides the opportunity for Detroit to have a heat wave. If Saturday and Sunday have 90-degree readings, then we’ll have a heat wave with Monday potentially becoming the third consecutive day with a 90 degree high temperature.

Tuesday will be partly sunny and hot and humid. Daytime temperatures reach 90 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday will have increased instability. It will be sweltering, again. Highs will be near or above 90 degrees. Also, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Marine Forecast

Lake Erie

Saturday: Sunny. Wind: SW 10-15 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet; Water Temp: 56 degrees.

Saturday Night: Clear. Wind: SSW 5-10 knots. Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temp: 56 degrees.

Sunday: Sunny. Wind: SSW 6-12 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temps: 57 degrees.

Lake St. Clair

Saturday: Sunny. Wind: SW 10-15 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet; Water Temp: 63 degrees.

Saturday Night: Clear. Wind: SSW 5-10 knots. Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temp: 64 degrees.

Sunday: Sunny. Wind: SSW 6-12 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temps: 64 degrees.

Lake Huron

Saturday: Sunny. Wind: SW 10-15 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet; Water Temp: 66 degrees.

Saturday Night: Clear. Wind: SSW 5-10 knots. Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temp: 67 degrees.

Sunday: Sunny. Wind: SSW 6-12 knots; Waves: 0 to 2 feet. Water Temps: 67 degrees.

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About the Author:

Andrew Humphrey is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist, and also an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM). He has a BSE in Meteorology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on "The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere."