(WXYZ) — Metro Detroit should reach 60° later this week for the first time since early December, and it could be the warmest since October 11th.
A strong ridge of high pressure across the eastern U.S. and a slow-moving storm system developing near the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle will usher warm air into Michigan from the south Wednesday through Thursday. We may see some spotty showers Wednesday, but we'll have a better chance of more organized showers, and possibly thundersorms, on Thursday.
Wednesday's forecasted high is 50°.
Thursday's forecasted high is 62°.
This will be a welcomed change after we only averaged a high of 26° Monday through Friday last week. The average high in mid-March is 45°.
Here are our average "first dates" in metro Detroit in the last 30 years:
First 60°: February 27
First 70°: March 28
First 80°: April 22
The last two days to reach 60° were December 2nd, and October 19th, but it hasn't climbed above 60° since October 11th, when Detroit reached a high of 72°.