DETROIT – Happy Friday!
Today will be the warmest of the week, and just may be the warmest temperature of the year so far here in Metro Detroit. We did hit 86 and 87 degrees last week, and we will try to add a degree or two to top those temps today.
The sunshine will be the big variable for our temperatures ,and we don’t expect a ton of sun today. Instead, plan on partly sunny skies through the morning becoming partly cloudy at times. A nice warming wind will aid our attempt to hit 88 degrees later this afternoon. The humidity is creeping up too, so it will feel like the lower 90s.
We will likely fall just a degree or three below the record high temperature on this day in Detroit, which is 91 degrees set back in 1977.
Our pesky breeze will blow SW at 10-23 mph, gusting to 30-35 mph at times. Winds may jostle the garbage cans or blow over your “graduating senior” signs in the front yard -- but it won’t be a stormy or violent wind, so we shouldn’t worry about wind related problems.
A cold front will be working its way toward Metro Detroit later today, but it should stall out across Northern and Western Michigan this afternoon and evening, bringing the best storm and severe storm chances west and north of us late today. Showers may brush by our North Zone as we hit the evening hours, but most of us won’t see any moisture through the afternoon or evening.
Today’s sunset is at 8:53 p.m.
Rain looks to be a bigger player in our Saturday forecast. If that cold front hits in the prime heating on Friday, it would most certainly bring a severe threat our way. Instead, it looks like it will be garden variety rain and thunder after midnight Friday and into Saturday morning.
We will have a couple of waves of rain and thundershowers through the morning hours. Look for the best break in the action to get outside through the late morning and early afternoon, before more showers and storms fire up after 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.
High temperatures will hit the low-to-mid 70s. Some of our computer model data is projecting highs near 80 degrees Saturday, while others have highs closer to 70 degrees, which means clouds and showers will hinder our warming potential.
Sunday morning stays wet with showers and a stationary front refusing to budge until the early afternoon. So, rain chances exist through the lunch hour on Sunday here in SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario. Look for drying conditions Sunday afternoon, which may be the best time all week to get out and do some yard work or enjoy the great outdoors. Temperatures could get near 70 degrees if we can get into a hint of afternoon sunshine.
Next week preview
Next week looks cooler for us here in SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario with sun and mid 60s Monday, increasing clouds and upper 60s to near 70 degrees Tuesday. Rain returns Wednesday and will linger into Thursday next week with temps in the lower 70s midweek.
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