Metro Detroit climate: Lastly, some much-needed rain

“Every life has to have some rain.” These lyrics are from Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots and are “spot on” … no pun intended (okay, okay, pun intended). As long as that weekend rain doesn’t fall, we’ll take it … especially now that much of southeast Michigan is officially in moderate drought.

Today is going to be a rainy day, and according to some computer models, we could possibly take in about six tenths of an inch of rain. The best chance for this is south of the M-59 / Hall Road / Highland Road. It will also be a cooler day, with highs only in the upper 50s (14-15 degrees Celsius) but even cooler in the thumb due to northeast-north winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour blowing off Lake Huron.

Today’s sunrise is at 6:31 am and today’s sunset is at 8:31 pm … that’s exactly fourteen hours of daylight today. Just that we won’t see the sun.

The showers end tonight, the sky is clear and it gets windy later in the night. Lows in the low 40s (5 to 6 degrees Celsius), with the northwest wind rising to 10 to 15 miles per hour at dawn.


Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Friday, windy and still cool, with highs in the upper 50s (14 to 15 degrees Celsius). Wind could gust between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

Clear skies and waning winds on Friday evenings mean temperatures on our urban heat island drop to almost freezing point (0 degrees Celsius) in our colder rural areas outside of the heat island until the mid-30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) … Frost is Possible in these areas, but no further frost like last week.

Partly cloudy on Saturday, with highs bouncing back into the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius) due to southwest winds developing behind a warm front, and rising to 15 to 20 mph with gusts of between 30 and 40 miles in the afternoon increase per hour.

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