Rain possible Thursday ahead of drier Friday, weekend in Metro Detroit

Rain chances increase Thursday night into Friday morning

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Thursday afternoon!

There is a distinct pattern across the country with Pacific moisture riding through the High Plains and Western Great Lakes, diving down into the Midwest with showers and storms.

We remain on the northern fringe of this pattern today, which means those showers and storms will be well south and west of us all day, leaving Metro Detroit dry with a nice blend of sun and clouds.

Afternoon high temperatures will hit the low-to-mid 80s with a touch of humidity making it feel a degree or two warmer. It could be a degree or two cooler on the east side thanks to a nice breeze from the big lakes moving NE at 5-12 mph, switching to the NW later in the day.

Today’s sunset is at 9:12 p.m.

Rain chance Thursday night

There is a weak cool front that will move through Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing a chance for a few showers before sunrise tomorrow. That same weather pattern over the country will shift slightly to the north, bringing more clouds our way and a chance for a few showers on Friday.

Mostly dry Friday

Keep your outdoor plans in place, because the expectation of rain on Friday is low, apart from a few random showers here and there. Most of us won’t see much rain at all as skies stay partly sunny and Friday highs hit the lower 80s.

Any increase in sunshine will cause a similar increase in temperatures on a slightly muggy day through the mid-afternoon.

Dry and pleasant air behind the Friday morning cold front will anchor down in Metro Detroit all weekend.

Milder weekend ahead

Morning lows will be in the mid-to-upper 50s, so you can keep the windows open and air out the joint. Afternoon highs will settle around 80 degrees on Saturday with an abundance of sunshine and much lower humidity.

Sunday will be a carbon copy of Saturday, except that we will see highs in the low-to-middle 80s to end the weekend.

More rain next week

Monday looks dry, too, with more warmth and moisture slowly moving back into SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario. That means a few more clouds with highs in the middle 80s or warmer as humidity climbs. Wet weather is on the way, but will likely hold off until Monday night at the earliest.

Right now, plan on Tuesday morning showers. The computer models are showing signs of a little morning rain Wednesday, too. We can only hope so -- stay tuned.

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