At 71, Metro Detroit shatters another weather record

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The spring-like weather that rolled across Metro Detroit on Wednesday shattered longstanding records.

Detroit Metro Airport reported a high of 71 on Wednesday afternoon — besting the record 68 set in 1878 and topping the average for the date by 28 degrees, National Weather Service statistics show.

It was the second consecutive day the mercury climbed into the 70s, and even the overnight low of 53 was a full 10 degrees above the normal high, the weather service said.

But don’t break out the shorts or sandals just yet.

After a cold front drops across the area Wednesday night, there’s a 60 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 a.m., with gusts as high as 23 mph possible, the weather service said.

Showers linger Thursday, when the thermometer is only expected to top out in the low 50s.

“It looks like most of the moisture is going to stay south of us,” said meteorologist Dave Gurney. Rainfall amounts could total about a quarter-inch between midnight and noon in parts of Metro Detroit, with less expected in northern areas, he said.

Readings then are set to drop into the 30s overnight before again reaching the 50s on Friday.

A rebound is expected for Saturday, when the high could approach 60 with a 40 percent chance of rain.

Showers are likely again Sunday, with highs hovering in the 50s, according to the weather service.

Then, the seesaw trend continues: the outlook for early next week shows temperatures back in the low 60s, Gurney said.

Such shifts are “pretty normal for this time of year,” he said. “It’s the battle of the seasons ... the variability of the month. It can be very warm and very cold.”