May 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Metro Detroit basks in sunny weekend

After a bone-chilling, record-breaking winter that saw southeast Michigan run out of salt and patience, Metro Detroiters can spend Monday continuing to bask in a deservedly fine conclusion to the long Memorial Day weekend.

JoAnn Taylor, 68, normally gets together with family each Memorial Day weekend to barbecue. The Detroit resident said the family gathers no matter what, but sun and warm temperatures add to the festivities.

“This weather is really nice,” she said. “With all the cold we’ve had, it’s perfect, really.”

The National Weather Service forecasts a sunny morning and most of the afternoon, with highs from 81 to 85.

After 4 p.m., skies are expected to turn partly cloudy and temperatures to drop to between 63 and 67 overnight. Late evening will bring a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms heading into Tuesday.

Now, after enduring a record-setting snowfall of 94.8 inches and weeks of near- and sub-zero winter weather, Metro Detroiters are more than ready to light their grills, launch their boats and dive in to summer.

Lisa Burg, 47, said good weather is crucial to her Memorial Day weekend plans, which sometimes include trips out of town. “It’s huge,” said the St. Claire Shores resident. “And this weekend, you couldn’t have ordered anything more perfect.”

Others chose to bask in the sun’s rays at Detroit’s Belle Isle.

Harper Woods residents Phyllis Allen and Edward Griffin were strolling in the grass and taking photos.

They enjoyed the island as teens and were glad that it was cleaner, safer and being utilized by so many people. And both were very happy with the sun-kissed weather.

“I am a plumbing contractor and all winter I was dealing with the snow and the ice,” said Griffin, 70. “I never thought spring would get here.”

Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News
Maurice Lych, 5, of Detroit plays in the Detroit River on Belle Isle on ... (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)