Metro Detroit weather: Heat, humidity and storms – oh my!

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - Things are relatively quiet at this midday hour, but scattered thunderstorms are still expected to pop late in the afternoon and, if the latest high-resolution computer models are correct, perhaps not until early evening.  

There is also the possibility that a few of those storms could become strong-to-severe (the farther south you are, the higher the risk), with 60 mph wind gusts being the primary severe threat.

If you have outdoor plans later today, I strongly urge you to keep a very close eye on our app’s radar.  If you’re one of the few who doesn’t have our app, it’s considered by many to be one of the very best, and it’s free:  just search “WDIV” in the app store, and you’ll see it right there.

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 80s (30 to 31 degrees Celsius), but the humidity will make it feel like low 90s (33 degrees Celsius).  Wind will be from the south-southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s sunset is at 8:27 p.m.

Any early evening storms should be out of here by 11:00 p.m., with skies becoming partly cloudy and fog developing in some areas later at night.  Oppressively muggy lows only near 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius).

Wednesday through Friday

Partly cloudy and continued hot and humid on Wednesday, but this is the last day of the steamy stuff.

An approaching cold front is the front edge of our relief, but also the trigger for scattered shower and thunderstorms by mid-to-late afternoon.  At this point, severe storms do NOT appear likely on Wednesday, and storm coverage even appears to be less than what we get Tuesday evening.  Highs in the mid to upper 80s (30 to 31 degrees Celsius), with the humidity making it feel like low 90s (33 degrees Celsius).

Any scattered storms in the area Wednesday evening should end pretty quickly, and then cooler, drier air begins working into the area behind that cold front.  Lows by Thursday morning should be near 60 degrees (16 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the mid 70s (25 degrees Celsius).  The humidity is gone!

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 50s (12 to 13 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the mid 70s (24 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the mid 50s (12 to 13 degrees Celsius).

The Weekend

The upcoming weekend just may be the nicest weekend of the entire summer!  Expect mostly sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday, with comfortable temperatures and low humidity.

It’ll be warm enough for your yard work, golf and tennis, pool, beach and lake activities, but not too hot. 

Highs Saturday in the mid to upper 70s (25 to 26 degrees Celsius), and near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius) on Sunday. And temps at night will remain perfect for sleeping with those windows open.  

What a weekend!


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