Be affected person! Better weather is on the way

DETROIT – Good Monday morning!

Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend. This cool period we found ourselves in – after being spoiled by the warmer temperatures in March and April – must be driving many of you crazy. But have confidence: the good stuff is on its way back. Just not today or Tuesday …

Monday sunrise was at 6:17 a.m.

We will at least start our Monday with lots of sunshine. The sky will then be partly cloudy until noon, then mostly cloudy this afternoon.

A few showers may show up, but more of us won’t see them than will. However, if you have plans for the outdoors, keep an eye on our app’s real-time radar to keep up to date with the approaching rain. The highs will be in the upper 50s, with northwest winds rising to 10 to 15 miles per hour.

The sunset on Monday is at 8:43 p.m.

As soon as the persistent showers subside in the early evening, the sky will be mostly clear on Monday evening. Temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30s so freezing is a possibility again.

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I know some people who have already planted their tender annuals, and I’ll remind you of my annual advice: don’t plant until Memorial Day weekend unless the week before gets mild – then you can use the weekend before the memorial Day plant. If yours are already on their way, you can cover them up (just create a “tent” with some stakes and an old sheet). Hanging baskets can simply be brought into the garage for the night.

Tuesday will be very similar to Monday: It will mostly start out sunny, then clouds will develop and occasional afternoon showers are possible. While the situation is not the same as last Friday, the air in the air may still be cold enough for heavy showers to produce a pea-sized hail on Tuesday afternoon. This size of hail does no harm. Just sit back and enjoy the show when you see any. The highs will be in the mid-1950s.

Tuesday evening mostly clears with lows in the mid to upper 30s. While I don’t think frost is a huge possibility, those in our coldest rural areas will need to monitor this potential for another night.

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Wednesday and Thursday are both mostly sunny with highs in the lower to mid 60s. The overnight lows will be in the low 40s, so there are no frost worries there.

Friday is partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. Friday evening it will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s.

Saturday is partly cloudy with highs in the low 70’s.

Sunday is more of a question mark. I see a lot of signs that point to a dry day, but the trustworthy old European model gives us close contact with some rain. So at this point I will be careful with a dry day and highs in the low 70s, but will have to monitor and keep you posted for the next few days.

Even if it was chilly outside, please remember that the sun’s rays are quite strong now. Temperature has absolutely nothing to do with the ability of unprotected skin to burn if exposed for too long. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat even if you’re only going to be out in the late morning or early afternoon sun for 30 to 60 minutes (less if you are fair skinned).

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Remember: every sunburn you get increases your chances of developing skin cancer. And trust me, as someone who’s had cancer, I’m just saying that you don’t want to go that route.

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