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Heat advisory over, evening storms on the way

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — A heat advisory for Saturday is officially over and evening storms may be rolling in, weather officials say.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rachel Kulik says storms are anticipated for the metro region between 9-11 p.m. An earlier heat advisory, the first this summer, has ended.

The low temperatures Saturday evening will be in the mid-70s and the storms could be severe, Kulik said.

Earlier Saturday, extreme heat and sunshine gave way to heavy rains and strong winds in some areas.

Weather officials initially had anticipated a sunny and humid Saturday with a high temperature of 92. But that forecast shifted a bit, as a thunderstorm complex that began in Minneapolis has progressed into Wisconsin and across Lake Michigan.

Kulick said some spots in the metro area did see rain and gusty winds.

Sunday’s temperature is expected to be in the upper 80s, with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms beginning in the morning.

Detroit only hit 90 degrees one other time this year in June, but on that day oppressive humidity hadn’t come into play, weather officials said.

The city of Detroit established two cooling centers that will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s expected that the heat indexes could climb into the 100 to 105 degree range.

One site is the Crowell Community Center at 16630 Lahser. The other is the Heilmann Community Center at 19601 Crusade.

Temperatures are expected to be less humid Sunday night and into Monday.

CFerretti@detroitnews.com

Prepare for extreme heat:

  • Cover windows with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce heat entering your home
  • Install central air conditioning or window air conditioners
  • Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes
  • Check on family members and those more susceptible to excessive heat including the elderly neighbors and the young, sick or overweight
  • Ensure pets have cool housing and plenty of water.
  • Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit with a three-day supply of water and food, battery-powered or hand crank weather radio

Prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation
  • Limit vigorous activity
  • Schedule outdoor activities during morning or evening hours
  • Avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade
  • Use air conditioning whenever possible

For additional information, call 2-1-1, visit www.michigan.gov/beprepared

Source: Michigan State Police