Metro Detroit weather forecast: Get ready for a big temperature swing

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist
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Scattered showers late this afternoon and evening should gradually diminish tonight, with partly cloudy skies developing.  Those areas (particularly the northern half of our area), that see clearing first may also see some fog develop late tonight as a result of slightly cooler temperatures that will drop closer to the dewpoint temperature and, thus, saturating the air.  Lows in the mid 30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius).  Light wind becoming northwest, late.

Any fog to start our Tuesday should thin by mid to late morning, with mostly sunny skies for the midday period.  Partly cloudy skies then develop as a strong cold front crosses the area by late afternoon.  Although it’s a strong front with a significant temperature drop behind it, I don’t expect any rain to accompany its passage.  Highs near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) will feel nice, but keep in mind that temps will drop rapidly behind the front…what feels nice at 4:00 p.m. will change to downright cold by early evening as temps drop to near 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius) by 8:00 p.m.  Northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday’s sunrise is at 7:34 a.m., and Tuesday’s sunset is at 7:47 p.m.

Partly cloudy to mostly clear Tuesday night, with lows back down to near 20 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Wednesday, with highs in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).  Yes, that’s pretty cool by late March standards, but the sun will help a lot.

Mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows near 20 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Thursday, with highs in the low 40s (6 degrees Celsius).

Increasing clouds Thursday night with rain showers likely late at night as a warm front approaches.  Lows in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).

How nice (or not nice) our weather gets on Friday will depend upon how deep into the warm sector we get.  The Thursday night rain showers should end as the warm front passes north of us.  If we get well into that warm sector, then breaks of sun would develop and highs would easily reach 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius).  If the low pressure area advances eastward pretty quickly on the heels of the warm front, then more rain develops in the afternoon, and we don’t get as warm.  Stay tuned…I’ll fine tune this part of the forecast over the next few days.

We have a shower chance Friday night, with lows in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Saturday (same discussion about the warm sector as discussed above), with a chance of showers, and perhaps a thundershower.  Highs in the mid 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

Rain is likely Saturday night, with lows in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius).

Showers are likely for at least the first half of the day Sunday, with highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

We may potentially get a break from the rain on Monday, but more unsettled weather heads this way for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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