Metro Detroit is likely entering a long stretch of dry, hot weather

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 11:13:46-04

(WXYZ) — Get ready for temperatures to climb into the 90s for several days in metro Detroit through the holiday weekend. We'll jump into the lower to middle 90s with higher humidity Friday and the Fourth of July.

Above-average temperatures are going to persist through the first week of July, and may last through at least the middle of the month.

We'll stay shy of records (which are in the upper 90s/lower 100s for the first week of July), but some days will be about 10° above average, and we won't see much rain.

A "blocking pattern" has setup again across the Great Lakes and the Northeast. We recently had a similar situation in the middle of June when we went had a long stretch of dry weather. A storm system over the Northeastern U.S. has stalled out this week, which is keeping an area of high pressure over Michigan. and other storms systems west of Michigan.

The upper level winds are likely going to be driven farther north of the Midwest over the next 6 to 10 days, which will allow hotter air from the south to takeover. This ridge in the jet stream will likely last through next week.

This will also lead to an extended period without much rain. It's possible we squeeze out a few showers next week, but long-range forecast models aren't picking up on any organized storms systems to bring significant rain for the next 10 to 15 days.

We ended June with 2.40" of rain (a little more than 1" below average). However, rain totals are nearly 1.50" above average for the year at DTW.