Metro Detroit weather: Temperatures reach 70s in this forecast

More typical springtime temperatures ahead

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - Although Tuesday's computer models have tempered some of the warming we were seeing in Monday's models, we still are finally turning the corner and moving into a regime of more typical springtime temperatures.

The fair weather cumulus clouds that popped up this afternoon will dissipate this evening, with mostly clear skies overall for the remainder of the night. Lows in the mid to upper 40s (7 to 9 degrees Celsius), but even cooler in our coldest, most rural areas. Southwest wind at 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday will begin mostly sunny, with partly cloudy skies then developing by midday. Some of us will see a scattered afternoon shower, but more of us probably won’t than will. Highs will reach the low to mid 70s (22 to 23 degrees Celsius).

West-southwest wind at 10 to 15 mph. Justin Verlander is pitching for the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, and one thing that seemed to always follow Justin when he was a Tiger was rain -- but we think most of the game will be dry (this time, Justin).

Wednesday's sunrise is at 6:12 a.m., and Wednesday's sunset is at 8:47 p.m.

Scattered showers end early Wednesday evening, with mostly clear skies after that. Lows in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees (9 to 10 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny skies Thursday morning become mostly cloudy by afternoon. There’s a small chance of seeing a shower or thunderstorm late in the day, but we think that most of this will occur Thursday night as a cold front crosses the area. Highs Thursday in the low 70s (22 degrees Celsius), and lows Thursday night in the mid 50s (12 degrees Celsius).

Complicated forecast heading into the weekend

That Thurday night cold front should settle just south of the state line on Friday. We are not confident yet in just how far south the front will travel before stopping, and proximaty to the front will greatly impact our shower chances.

Right now, it’s prudent to expect a shower on Friday, but chances are greater the farther south you are in our area, and lower the farther north you are. Highs in the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius).

Same story on Saturday: The front’s position will dictate our shower chances. Right now, we think that shower chances on Saturday are lower than on Friday, but there’s still a chance. However, there is a suggestion in today’s models that any showers we do get will end by afternoon.

As with Friday, shower chances diminish the farther north you are. Highs in the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius).

We should be dry for our Saturday night (Date night) plans, and remain dry well into the day on Sunday. By later Sunday afternoon, there is a shower and thunderstorm chance but, with some luck, perhaps we can salvage most of the day.

Highs Sunday should warm into the mid 70s (24 to 25 degrees Celsius), and that’ll feel mighty nice with the expected sunshine. Don’t forget the sunscreen. The sun’s rays right now are as strong as they are in late July.

Long-range outlook

It appears that highs will stay in the low to mid 70s (21 to 25 degrees Celsius) well into next week. In fact, preliminary indications from the long range models suggest some really, really nice weather coming for the middle of the week. Stay tuned!

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