Metro Detroit weather: Morning freeze, then sunshine all day

Thursday temps start in upper 20s, then reach mid-50s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Thursday morning!

This is the kind of cold that can have an impact on any plants, flowers or vegetation that has been newly planted or is simply sensitive to the cold. If you’re reading this early enough, you can cover plants with a sheet without smooshing any of them, or place your pots in the garage for a few hours this morning.

Our Metro Detroit temps are in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees without much of a breeze, so it’s just bitter cold -- and it will be for a couple of hours after sunrise, as well. Grab the thicker coat or a couple of layers if you plan on being outside early this morning.

Skies are crystal clear, which is part of the reason why we cooled down so dramatically. We could see some patchy fog in a few rural and hilly spots around SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario.

Today’s sunrise is at 6:33 a.m.

That sunshine will be our savior today, helping our high temperatures get back into the low and middle 50s this afternoon. Although, our North Zone and east siders may be a degree or three cooler, as winds will be blowing off of the big lakes on the east side. Those winds will be on the lighter side, thought, moving ENE at 5-10 mph.

Enjoy that free Vitamin D because it will be with us all day, mixed with a little cloud cover, making it a great day for outdoor activities. All of your after school activities will be good to go.

Today will be a nice step up in temperatures, but we are still almost 10 degrees below our climatological average here in Metro Detroit.

Thankfully, we won’t see much wet weather until the very end of the weekend.

Today’s sunset is at 8:29 p.m.

Warmer weather on Thursday will serve us better heading into Friday morning, as most of our area should stay just above freezing to start the day.

Mild Friday ahead

We will see a few more clouds, too, which help to keep us insulated, but just barely. Those clouds are the big question mark for our Friday, as some of our forecast data suggests more sun than clouds, which would help highs get closer to 60 degrees.

Other data brings in more debris clouds from a storm system hundreds of miles to our west. Right now, it looks like Metro Detroit will see more clouds than sun through the lunch hour and early afternoon on Friday. But we should see some clearing in the mid-afternoon, and high temperatures will likely land in the upper 50s.

Nice Saturday, rain Sunday

Saturday will be a nice start to the weekend. We’ll have a nice blend of sun and clouds early, and then increasing high clouds with highs sneaking into the lower 60s. Saturday is the last day of April, and it goes out like a lamb -- on the quiet side.

Sunday will be our first chance of rain after a dry stretch to end the month. Look for a couple of rounds of rain and isolated thundershowers with highs in the mid-60s. The timing is everything, which means the later the showers come, the more time we have to warm -- and the better chance for some lingering showers into Monday morning.

Rain chances next week

Next week’s weather pattern looks active without a huge swing in temperatures again.

We should be done with the deep freeze for the rest of the season, as the long range forecast data doesn’t show any signs of a rare May chill.

So, it’s mainly mid-60s here in Metro Detroit all of next week with shower chances Tuesday, dry Wednesday and more showers on Thursday and into Friday. May comes in a little bit like a lion.

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