Low severe storm threat Thursday, but showers expected through Friday across Metro Detroit: What to know

Thursday highs to reach upper 70s, low 80s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Thursday morning!

Scattered rain and thundershowers overnight are fading this morning, but we do have some drizzle and isolated showers. So, the morning drive will be a little slippery for some around Metro Detroit.

Temperatures are still hanging in the low-to-mid 60s thanks to a warm front that moved south to north earlier this morning, sparking some of these showers. We will have slightly warmer and more unstable air today, with a threat for severe storms later on.

It will not be an all-day washout today, but keep the umbrella handy today and tomorrow as these rain and thundershowers will be on-and-off for the next 36 hours. Conditions will temporarily dry out during and after our morning commute today, and temps will start to take off.

Today’s sunrise was at 6:03 a.m.

We will likely see mostly dry conditions through the late morning and early afternoon, with just a few scattered rain and thundershowers possible. That will allow our high temps to reach 75-80 degrees this afternoon.

That heat, and our instability, will tap into some moisture feeding in from the south and create a “marginal risk” for severe storms here by the late afternoon and into the evening hours. This is the weakest risk category put out by the Storm Prediction Center, and it means a small handful of thunderstorms are possible with damaging winds, deadly lightning and scattered downpours.

Outdoor activities and after-school sports will be in jeopardy Thursday, and Friday, especially with rumbles of thunder from lightning -- which is likely both afternoons.

The showers from Wednesday through Friday will produce about three quarters of an inch to an inch and half of rain in total. The grass and garden need about an inch of water per week, and we will be in that neighborhood with the three days of wet weather.

Today’s sunset is at 8:58 p.m.

Scattered soaking thundershowers are likely overnight into Friday morning, making for another potentially dangerous drive to start the day.

More rain Friday

Morning temps will be in the lower 60s. Those showers will be scattered throughout Metro Detroit through the morning drive before taking a break.

Highs will only get into the upper 60s to low 70s as a cold front sweeps through here into the afternoon, and that will be the spark for more scattered rain and thundershowers in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Rain showers will begin to dwindle as we hit the late evening hours Friday, setting the stage for a Memorial Day weekend to remember.

Holiday weekend weather

Saturday morning clouds will fade, and our skies will gradually become partly cloudy to even mostly sunny after a somewhat cooler start in the low-to-mid 50s. Our afternoon high temps will respond to that sunshine, as we should settle in the middle 70s with dry conditions.

Sunday will be another notch warmer with a nice mix of sun and clouds. Highs will be near 80 degrees or warmer, followed by near 90 degrees on Memorial Day.

The little heat wave will last into Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs around 90 degrees and sunshine. Then, a cold front brings some showers and cooler temps for Thursday.

It will become dry here next week with the best chance for showers and storms coming to Metro Detroit on Thursday.

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