If you like this warmer weather, don't get too used to it. We will take another plunge into cooler weather this week. Temperatures will spike into the upper 70s to near 80 degrees today. If we hit 80 degrees, this would make it the 97th time this year we've climbed to 80 degrees or hotter, which is the fourth most we've seen on record.
It will not only be unusually warm today, but muggy, as well. However, brace yourself for another case of weather whiplash. A strong cold front will sweep across the region tonight bringing rain to Metro Detroit this evening and tonight.
Even though rainfall directly from Hurricane Michael won't make it as far north as Michigan, some tropical moisture surging northward will add to the strength of the low-pressure system moving through our area. This will make it possible to drop up to one inch of rainfall across parts of Metro Detroit before the front clears late tonight. Any storms that develop may produce strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy downpours.
As low pressure departs to the northeast Thursday morning, our summer-like warmth will vanish and it will quickly feel like late fall in just a matter of hours. We can expect mostly dry conditions Thursday with gusty west-northwest winds and falling temperatures. We will drop from an early morning high in the 60s to temperatures in the 50s by the afternoon. The cooler air may produce a few lake-effect rain showers, but any rain should remain spotty or isolated throughout the day. As temperatures continue to tumble on Thursday night, patchy frost is certainly possible.
This cool, fall weather pattern sticks around through the weekend with highs in the 50s and overnight lows in the 30s and 40s. It will be a great weekend for warm cider and donuts as we plunge back into fall!