Dry conditions cause elevated fire risk across Metro Detroit: What to know

Rain chances return this weekend

We're monitoring ongoing dry conditions across the Metro Detroit area throughout this week. Our fire risk is at an elevated level on Tuesday due to the dry ground, windy conditions and low humidity. Our next chance of rain should arrive this weekend.

4Warn WeatherWelcome to Tuesday!

Clouds will stick around throughout the day. Highs will only be in the 70s today, thanks to a cold front that moved through overnight.

The larger concern for Tuesday is an elevated fire risk across the region.

Elevated fire risk Tuesday

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in an enhanced fire danger ongoing dry conditions. We are now over two weeks with no notable rainfall.

A portion of our region has been labeled as “abnormally dry” due to lack of rainfall.

Due to gusty winds combining with the dry ground and low humidity Tuesday, there is a great risk for fires to start and spread, and get out of control very quickly.

If you must burn outside during such conditions, make sure the fire is constantly monitored and that there are several options to extinguish it should it get too big.

Contact your local fire department with any questions, or contact them or 911 for any emergencies.

An elevated risk for wildfires continues today across Southeastern Michigan due to the lack of rainfall and dry weather

Dry weather continues

Dry conditions will continue throughout the week.

After Tuesday’s cloud cover, expect more sunshine throughout the week. Clouds will move in again Friday.

Highs will be in the 70s through the end of the week.

Rain chances return this weekend

Our next rain chances arrive this weekend.

An upper-level disturbance will bring the chance of rain as if moves in late Saturday. Most of Saturday should be dry. Highs will be in the 80s.

Sunday looks to be the wetter day. A decent amount of rain is expected to fall throughout the day.

Highs will be in the 70s on Sunday.

The rain will come to an end as the disturbance moves east.

Conditions will be drier early next week with sunshine and clouds. Highs will be in the 70s early next week.

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About the Author:

Bryan became a permanent member of the 4Warn Weather Team in March 2023 after coming to Local 4 in May 2022 as a freelance meteorologist.