Metro Detroit weather: Milder than average Tuesday night, rain and higher temps coming

Overnight lows near 40 degrees

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DETROIT – Welcome to Tuesday night.

Tonight will have increasing clouds. Wet weather arrives after midnight and for tomorrow morning’s commute. Temperatures will be greater than average lows and average highs for mid-December. Then the mercury rises to spring-like levels as rain falls from tomorrow through Thursday morning. Afterward, wind speeds and wind gusts increase with a drop temperatures with a cold front.

Clouds lower and thicken Tuesday night. Spotty rain showers are possible, mainly after midnight. Temperatures remain above average for nighttime lows (even nighttime highs). Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.

Sunrise is at 7:55 a.m.

This week

Wednesday will be warmer and wet. The wettest portion of the day will be before lunchtime and during the morning commute. After a warm front passes, temperatures rise through the 40s and 50s through the afternoon and after sunset.

This week’s highest temperatures occur Wednesday night and early Thursday, with the mercury rising to the low 60s. Rain showers are possible Thursday. The first half of the day will be warm, and the second half will be chillier after a cold front passes. There will be a 20-degree drop in temperatures from the low 60s to the low 40s before the day ends.

This cold weather sets the stage for a more December-like Friday and weekend.

Friday will be partly sunny and cold. It will be breezy, with highs only near 40 degrees.

This weekend

There’s a chance of rain and snow showers Saturday. Daytime temperatures only reach the mid-30s.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with afternoon temperatures in the 30s.

A chance of showers returns Friday. Highs will be in the low 40s.

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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."