Metro Detroit to get hit with a ‘really good soaking’

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News
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OK, southeastern Michigan, here’s what you’re going to need weather-wise for the next few days: sunscreen and sunglasses, umbrellas and galoshes, jackets and scarves.

“We have a variety of weather headed our way,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joseph Clark said. “It will be warm, dry and mostly sunny on Tuesday, followed by heavy rain and gusty winds on Tuesday night.”

“There will be more wind and rain on Wednesday followed by rain and colder temperatures on Thursday.”

According to the NWS, the swizzle stick in this climatic cocktail is the northbound remnants of Hurricane Patricia that invaded Mexico over the weekend.

“We have a strong arctic low headed our way, which is pulling up tropical remnants of Patricia,” Clark said. “It will be sunny and mostly dry on Tuesday but potentially heavy rains will move in Tuesday night around 10 p.m. and last until about 9 a.m. Wednesday. We are looking at possibly an inch of rain tonight, a really good soaking.”

More rain is expected on Wednesday along with wind gusts of up to 50 mph. The high for Wednesday will be about 58 with a nighttime low of about 42.

“The showers should move in Wednesday night and late Wednesday night,” Clark said. “The storms could pack a bit of a punch in terms of wind, with isolated guests of 50 mph.”

On Thursday, an arctic low front is expected to settle over the metro area, dropping the daytime high into the 40s.

“We’ll see more rain on Thursday,” Clark said. “Because of the expected low temperatures, there’s a small chance we might see a snow flake or two mixing in with the rain.”

Temperatures and conditions are expected to slowly get back to normal levels on Friday.

“Things will start to warm up again on Friday with a high of about 51,” Clark said. “We’re not plunging into a deep freeze here. We just have a strong storm moving our way, and it will impact us for a little while.”

According to NWS records, the average daily high for the metro area in October is 61.6 and the average low is 43.3 degrees.

The record high for Oct. 27 is 78 degrees set in 1927 and the record low is 22 degrees set in 1976.

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Extended forecast

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high of about 58.

Tuesday night: There is a 100 percent chance of rain with wind gusts of up to 23 mph. The low will be about 47.

Wednesday: Chance of rain is 100 percent with amounts between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch. Breezy with winds of 15 to 18 mph with a high of 61 degrees.

Wednesday night: Showers mainly after 8 p.m. with a nighttime low of 40. Winds of 13 to 20 mph with gusts of up to 29 mph. Rain accumulation of about 1/10th of an inch.

Thursday: Scattered showers with a high near 48. Wind gusts of up to 43 mph.

Thursday night: Cloudy with a low of around 35.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 37.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. The high will be near 54.

Saturday night (Halloween): There is a chance of showers with a low of around 44.

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