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Metro Detroit basked in bright sunshine and summerlike warmth Friday, but don’t get to used it: cooler, more moderate conditions and showers are on the way.

After highs in the 70s Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts showers and gray skies moving in to close the weekend. Then, temperatures tumble to the 50s by Tuesday, with lows in the 30s for the rest of the week, NWS predicts.

“Enjoy the temperatures now while you can,” said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist at the NWS station in White Lake Township.

On Friday, Detroit Metro Airport recorded a high of 75 degrees — 15 above normal, weather service data showed.

Saturday should be sunny with highs again warmer than average, in the upper 60s.

But showers are likely Sunday, mainly after 2 p.m. As highs top out in the upper 50s, winds could gust up to 22 mph, the weather service predicts.

Metro Detroit can expect more rain, and possibly a thunderstorm, to start the work week on Monday. Highs should reach the low 60s.

Then comes the cool-down. Temperatures Tuesday are set to reach the 50s, with a chance of showers, then dip into the 30s overnight. The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday is much the same, Schultz said, but with mostly cloudy or partly sunny skies.

While that chills outdoor enthusiasts, “it’s pretty normal for this time of year,” she said. “We’re in the transition period with warmer and cooler weather.”

Still, the region might not see a return to this week’s mild spell for a while. The NWS long-range forecast calls for below-average highs at least through next weekend, Schultz said.

“We’re just situated in that pattern. It’s going to be after that until we break out,” he said.

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