Metro Detroit weather: Beautiful Friday with late-night shower chances

Friday highs to reach mid 80s

Clouds will increase Friday night as a cold front approaches, but not until well after we’ve had a chance to enjoy a beautiful Friday evening.

DETROIT – Highs will reach the low-to-mid 80s, which is warmer than Thursday’s mid-to-upper 70s. Wind will be generally move from the south at 5-10 mph.

Today’s sunset is at 7:39 p.m.

Clouds will increase Friday night as a cold front approaches, but not until well after we’ve had a chance to enjoy a beautiful Friday evening.

Scattered light showers will develop late at night, with milder lows in the low-to-mid 60s. A southwest wind will shift to the north after the front passes by, moving at 5 to 10 mph.

Some rain, some sun

Saturday will start mostly cloudy, with a handful of showers still around. However, drier air moving downstate will push out those showers and clouds, and we’ll see mostly sunny skies develop from north to south, with those north of I-69 already in the sun by late morning, and the last of the clouds likely exiting south of the state line by mid-afternoon.

Saturday highs should reach the upper 70s. It will be mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the mid 50s -- what great sleeping weather!

Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees..

Next week preview

Clouds will increase on Monday, as moisture streams northward ahead of an approaching strong cold front. I think we’ll hold off any showers until Monday night, although there is one computer model that brings them in by mid-to-late afternoon, so I’ll have to monitor this.

Humidity will increase noticeably ahead of the front -- you’ll really notice it increasing on Monday, and it’ll be pretty steamy on Tuesday. Highs Monday should reach the low 80s, and then drop off into the mid-to-upper 70s on Tuesday with clouds and rain around.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Monday night through Tuesday night, with any lingering showers moving out Wednesday morning after the front passes by.

As mentioned above, this is a strong cold front, our first true “autumnal” cold front of the season, and what a coincidence: The autumnal equinox (the astronomical start of fall) occurs at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. I can’t make this stuff up!

Breezy highs Wednesday may barely make it to 70 degrees, and we’ll then have highs Thursday in the mid 60s, so you can finally go out and get that pumpkin spice latte!

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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.