Metro Detroit weather: More rain moves in today; flood warning, advisory

Showers still expected Friday, but not severe

Metro Detroit weather: More rain moves in today; flood warning, advisory, July 16, 2021, noon update
Metro Detroit weather: More rain moves in today; flood warning, advisory, July 16, 2021, noon update

DETROIT – While our risk of flooding has weakened slightly, we still expect a lot of showers today.

Update: Wayne County under flood warning; advisory in effect for region

Rain will increase throughout the day, so make sure your have the umbrella handy if you’ll be out and about. If you have tickets to either Tigers game today, then keep a close eye on announcements from the Tigers, as both games are in jeopardy.

Most of us will remain in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees due to the clouds, rain and east-northeast wind at 5 to 10 mph. However, the cold front that came through yesterday has stalled just north of a line from Adrian to Monroe, so those of you south of the front will get a few bonus degrees (and some bonus humidity) out of the deal. Meanwhile, those north of I-69 will actually start the day with some sunshine, before clouds and light showers roll in.

Today’s sunset is at 9:07 p.m.

Rain this evening will become lighter and more scattered overnight. Total rainfall Friday into Friday night appears to be between one and two inches south of Eight Mile Road, between three-quarters of an inch and one inch from Eight Mile Road to M-59, with rapidly diminishing amounts north of M-59.

Ironically, the least amount of rain will fall north of I-69, which is the part of our area that still needs rain -- parts of the Thumb are still in moderate-to-severe drought.

Friday lows will be in the mid 60s. A north wind will move at 3 to 6 mph.

Nicer weekend than expected

The computer models differ on if we’ll start our Saturday with a few light showers or not. Regardless, those showers will come to an end and sunshine will develop Saturday morning, first north of I-69 and then slowly migrate southward.

By the end of Saturday afternoon, most of us should be at least partly cloudy. Highs, as long as we get that sunshine, should rebound into the upper 70s. It will become mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the low to mid 60s.

It will be mostly sunny on Sunday. Some computer models try to pop in one or two isolated thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Highs will continue warming into the low to mid 80s.

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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.