Metro Detroit weather: The calm before the warm

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DETROIT – Sunshine broke through as expected today so, even with afternoon highs generally only in the low 40s (6 degrees Celsius), that sunshine made all the difference, and it really wasn’t a bad day at all.

Clouds will increase through the night, and a few scattered rain showers are possible later at night. Temperatures will initially fall into the upper 30s this evening, but then begin rising overnight and will average near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) -- warmer south and cooler north -- when you head out to work or school Wednesday morning. Wind overnight should continue from the southeast at under 10 mph.

This evening’s sunset is at 5:11 p.m., and Wednesday’s sunrise is at 7:27 a.m.


We’ll just have some scattered light showers Wednesday morning, and perhaps even a period in the late morning or early afternoon where there isn’t too much rain around -- keep an eye on our app’s real-time radar to see if you have an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the milder weather (I have a co-worker who’s going to do just that and see if he can get in nine holes of golf).

Then showers will increase by late afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. Highs should reach the low 60s (16 degrees Celsius) in most areas, and it’ll become breezy with a south wind developing at 10 to 20 mph and gusts over 20 mph likely.  Don’t get used to the warmth…this is just a one-hit wonder!

Showers Wednesday evening, some possibly with moderate downpours, will diminish overnight after the cold front passes by, and we’ll be dry before dawn on Thursday.  Temperatures will crash back down into the upper 30s for lows (4 degrees Celsius).

Rest of week

We may start Thursday with some cracks of sun, but skies should become mostly cloudy and it would not surprise me to see some flurries or light snow showers develop in the afternoon.  Highs only in the low 40s (6 degrees Celsius), and it’ll be breezy.

We’ll start to see some break up of the clouds Thursday night, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the low 40s (6 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy Friday night, with lows near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius).


Increasing clouds on Saturday, but we should remain dry for the day…you’ll be able to get some leaves done if that chore is still on the table.  Highs in the mid 40s (7 degrees Celsius).

Cloudy with rain showers developing on Sunday, and highs in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius).

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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.