Here’s what to expect ahead of Labor Day Weekend in Metro Detroit

Friday highs in upper 80s; Saturday highs in lower 90s

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DETROIT – What a great summer day we had for the first day of September; Abundant sunshine, temperatures that reached the low-80s (27 to 28 degrees Celsius), and low humidity made for a spectacular Thursday.

We’ll hang on to the clear skies this evening, then become partly cloudy later in the night as more humid air streams in. That will also keep lows in the mid-60s (18 degrees Celsius)—southeast wind at 2 to 5 mph.

Thursday evening’s sunset is at 8:07 p.m., and Friday’s sunrise is at 7:00 a.m.


Partly cloudy and more humid on Friday, with almost all of us enjoying a dry day as the Peach Festival in Romeo continues and for the start of Arts, Beats and Eats.

The only caveat is that lake breezes, particularly in the thumb north of I-69, could trigger a couple of showers. But again, most of us should remain dry. Highs soar into the mid-to-upper-80s (30 to 31 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy and warm Friday night, with lows in the upper-60s (20 degrees Celsius).

Labor Day Weekend forecast

Alright, I’m starting to get a better handle on things. As I mentioned Wednesday, a cold front will slowly drop downstate through the day and night on Saturday.


The front, which is already lacking upper-level dynamics to help its cause, will also be weakening as it approaches. Yes, it will be a steamy, hot day on Saturday, and that means it’ll be an unstable atmosphere. But that instability alone may not be enough to generate more than a few showers or thunderstorms, given that the weak front may not be enough to force parcels of that unstable air rapidly aloft.

Bottom line: I think most of us will have a dry daytime Saturday, with just a handful of pop-ups possible during the late afternoon and the best chance for that meager opportunity is the farther north you are. If you are one of the few who doesn’t have the 4Warn Weather App and you have outdoor plans in place, I strongly urge you to download it, and best of all: it’s free. That’s right, and you get real-time Doppler radar on your phone for free.

Highs Saturday should be around 90 degrees or even slightly higher (32 degrees Celsius), with the humidity making it feel a little hotter.

A few showers (some with downpours) are possible Saturday night, and it’ll still be muggy with lows in the mid-to-upper-60s (17 degrees Celsius).


Sunday is now the trickier day, weather-wise, as a little wave of low pressure will track along the front, which will cause it to stall across northern Ohio and Indiana. As such, while I feel that many of us will have a partly cloudy day, I cannot rule out a few showers or storms south of 8 Mile. Highs Sunday are in the low-to-mid-80s (27 to 29 degrees Celsius).

Labor Day looks great, with partly cloudy skies and highs near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius).

After that, I think we could end up dry and warm all next week, so keep watering.

I will be out of the office Friday through Monday to attend a close friend’s military wedding at West Point in New York. It’ll be an amazing experience. I’ll post some photos on social media (@PGLocal4) when I get a chance. So, allow me the opportunity now to wish you a wonderful, safe holiday weekend.

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About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.