DETROIT – Today is the last day of spring and it will feel every bit of that classic seasonal transition.
Skies will stay partly sunny most of the day, with more sun poking through after 4 p.m. That sun will help our high temperatures reach into the low and middle 80s.
The winds will help us warm the next two days, with a Monday breeze moving SW at 6-13 mph, gusting to 18 mph at times. That wind will also blow around some of the pollen.
Overall, it will be a very nice Monday here with dry air hanging on for one last day.
Summer will arrive festively on Tuesday with more sun, heat and humidity, so prepare to sweat. Parts of Western Michigan are already under an “air quality alert” Monday, as the heat will create difficult breathing for some.
Sunset is at 9:13 p.m.
Summer starts Tuesday
The summer solstice officially hits at 5:13 a.m. on Tuesday, signaling the start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and bringing the most daylight and shortest nightfall of the year.
We will have a beautiful sunrise after the solstice, and that sun will bring the heat with a little help. There is a big dome of high pressure and warm air setting up over the middle of the country, which will bring warmer temperatures and more mugginess to us as we head into the late morning and afternoon.
Tuesday highs may very likely hit the mid and upper 90s. The humidity and a warming breeze moving SW at 7-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph at times, will make it feel 2-3 degrees warmer than those already high temps.
Rain chance early Wednesday
A weak disturbance will roll over the Great Lakes early Wednesday, and the computer models show a few scattered showers possible in the overnight and early Wednesday morning hours. That system will come with a cool front, but we won’t feel a bunch cooler until Thursday -- highs will likely stay in the lower 90s Wednesday with increasing afternoon sunshine and some lingering humidity.
More comfortable end to the week
The dew points go way down Thursday and Friday after the midweek cool front, which means that it will feel a whole lot better out there.
We do expect more sunshine to end the work week with middle 80s and lower humidity.
While these are great summer days at the pool or in our lakes, the grass and garden aren’t getting much help from Mother Nature, so we will need those sprinklers going this week. It looks like highs shoot back into the 90s this weekend with some scattered showers, especially on Sunday.
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