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Friday will be cool and have less rain than Thursday, Detroit Tigers fans. But a poncho might still come in handy. 

The high will be a cooler-than-average 47 degrees Friday for the Detroit baseball team's opening game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the skies will be partly cloudy.

Showers forced the Tigers to cancel Opening Day Thursday about four hours before the first pitch was to be thrown. 

Thursday began with a sprinkling of rain, along with fog, and chilly temperatures about 41 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Tilley.

There is expected to be a break in the drizzle later Friday morning and early afternoon. But when the rain does return later in the afternoon, it could last the rest of the day, according to the forecast.

While the average high temperature on this day is 51 degrees, the Friday high is expected to reach 45 degrees locally. 

Downtown Detroit, in particular, is dealing with a "north wind" that, Tilley says, will make the day less pleasant than had it been 45 and sunny.

When the lead-off batter takes the field and the first pitch of the 2018 season is thrown at 1:10 p.m., there could be scattered showers downtown. At 1 p.m., per The Weather Channel's hourly forecast, the temperature will be 43 degrees but will feel like it's 38.

 

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