Thunderstorm chances likely for Wednesday

DETROIT – We’ll be in the immediate vicinity of a record again on Wednesday as thunderstorm probabilities become probable.

Heat hangs around

Clouds kept us away from record areas on Tuesday. But with a warmer start and possibly some downpours on Wednesday, we’re close to a record again. It’s 84 again, but this one ended in 1986. Thursday brings us back to near normal highs. And with the exception of Friday, we should stick to the rest of the forecast there.

Probably storms

We’re going to see two rounds of thunderstorms on Wednesday. The first will hit most of us with showers and thunderstorms that develop after the morning commute. Gusty winds and a couple of heavy downpours are the likely effects. We are not officially at serious risk, but if the soil is relatively dry, these downpours can lead to pond formation and some local flooding. This round should be completed before noon. After a few sunburns, storms develop again in the late afternoon and early evening, mainly in the South Zone, which can reach up to 8 miles at times. The same effects apply to the afternoon round, although small hailstones are also possible.


Thursday will bring a little more rain. We are on the edge of a system that is mainly south of us. So expect the highest sums and the most likely rain probabilities along the east side and in the south zone. West Zoners and inland areas of the North Zone will see less of it. And if we see another shift in the lane, it could change the forecast dramatically. Total Wednesday and Thursday precipitation can reach nearly 1 inch in the South Zone while staying below half an inch in all other areas.

Weekend Shines

It still looks like a lot of sunshine for the weekend. While temperatures won’t be anywhere near the 80s, we will be near normal on Saturday and in the low 70s on Sunday. This is a fantastic way to start May.

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