Parade Company: Detroit fireworks will go on despite rain
Detroit — Despite what could be an opening act of rain, the Ford Fireworks will go off Monday as expected.
Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company, which has put on the annual fireworks display for more than 35 years, said the show will go on.
“The 61st Ford Fireworks is a go for this evening as planned," he said in a statement. "We look forward to one of the most spectacular Ford Fireworks displays and an incredible night in the city of Detroit.”
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of southeast Michigan, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties as well as Detroit.
Thunderstorms are likely after noon Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists at the agency said there's a slight risk for a severe storm with up to 60-mph winds or 1-inch hail. The greatest risk for storms is from 2-7 p.m.
However, if storms arrive, they could move out of the region in time for the fireworks display over the Detroit River, which is scheduled to begin at 9:55 p.m.
"By the looks of it, they should be moving out, but they could still be around," Klein said. "I think the chances are good until about midnight, particularly in the region's northern areas."
Earlier Monday, he said Plan B, if it comes to it, is to hold the fireworks show on Tuesday.
But, Michaels warned, that would be done only in the case of an extreme weather scenario, a “100% deluge, all night.”
Meanwhile, temperatures Monday are expected to reach a high near 84 degrees and a low of about 65 degrees.
Klein said Monday will also be muggy.
"It won't be unbearable," he said. "Relative humidity looks like it'll be in the 60-70 percent range during the day. It definitely will be a little more humid than it has been."
Tuesday: Cloudy; high 83, low 66.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny; high 87, low 64.
Thursday: Sunny; high 87, low 68.
Friday: Partly sunny; high 88, low 68.
Saturday: Partly sunny; high 86, low 64.
Sunday: Mostly sunny; high 83.
Source: National Weather Service
Staff Writer James David Dickson contributed.