Warmer weekend: 'Slight' chance of rain for Dream Cruise

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Royal Oak — As the Woodward Dream Cruise draws drivers and crowds to Metro Detroit's main thoroughfare Saturday, there is a chance it will rain on the parade, but it's only slight and not much is expected.

But, said Steven Freitag, a National Weather Service meteorologist, "it's turning warmer for the weekend."  

Cars make their way down Woodward  in Ferndale in the rain in 2018. This year, forecasters say showers are a slight possibility, but unlikely.

Midway through August, Metro Detroit's second-hottest month historically, temperatures are more than 3 degrees higher than the average high, 84.9 compared with 81.4. August's low temperatures have been warm as well, with average lows thus far at 64.6, a full 2 degrees hotter than the historical low 62.6.

Saturday's high is expected to reach 87. Rain isn't expected until the evening, but thunderstorms "most likely will not happen," Freitag said.

Saturday will be about 5 degrees warmer than Friday and will be the start of a warming trend in southeast Michigan.

The forecast highs between Saturday and Wednesday are at least 87 degrees, and it's possible the area will hit 90 on Sunday and Monday.

August has been a dry month. Only about one-sixth of an inch of rain has fallen locally; August, historically, sees 3 inches of rain. 

The week ahead:

Friday: 82, chance of thunderstorms before 8 p.m.

Saturday: 87, 30% chance of rain

Sunday: Near 90, 30% chance of rain

Monday: Near 90, chance of rain showers

Tuesday: 87, partly sunny

Wednesday: 87, mostly sunny

Source: National Weather Service