OPENING DAY WEATHER: Tigers can expect warmer weather in month that can bring wild swings to Detroit

April is a month of big weather changes around Detroit. Spring kicks into high gear and thunderstorms become more common. Cold, early April mornings and sweatshirt afternoons give way to short sleeves and extra time outside.
 
OPENING DAY IN DETROIT IS FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
 
Of course, this April has started on a decidedly cooler note. The first two days of the month have featured temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees below average for this time of year.

But after a cold start, milder weather returns to metro Detroit in time for the Tigers' home opener against the Yankees!
 
Afternoon temperatures on Friday will peak near 48 degrees, but first pitch temperatures will be in the middle 40s. Jackets and coats will still be needed.

Baseball fans won't need the bundle up for long, though. Historically, April features the second fastest temperature increase of any month.


April 1st averages:   High 53, Low 34
April 30th averages: High 65, Low 44


 
But even with average temperatures rising through the 50s, we're not out of the reach of Old Man Winter.
 
Detroit typically picks up an inch or two of snow in April. In 1886, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter teamed up to dump 24" of snow on Metro Detroit. Thankfully, there is nothing like that in the forecast. So, let's PLAY BALL!!
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