Storms to dampen Metro Detroit record-breaking temps

Tom Greenwood, and Candice Williams

After two days of record-breaking temperatures, Metro Detroit didn’t do so bad on Thursday.

Temperatures peaked at 74, tying the record for Nov. 5 set in 1978.

“It’s just an incredibly warm air mass for this time of year,” said Dan Thompson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. “This is the third day in a row we’ve tied or set a record high.”

But change is a-coming.

“We have a pretty strong cold front moving through Thursday night and into Friday morning,” said meteorologist Deb Elliott. “It will generate some rain and gusty winds. Since it’s a strong cold front, there could be some strong thunderstorms before 9 a.m. on Friday.”

As the storm front moves through Friday, temperatures will begin to drop during the day.

“Thursday night and early Friday morning will be warm and then everything starts dropping,” Elliott said. “But it’s a fast-moving front so it will move through fairly quickly. It won’t be a messy weekend, but it will be colder with highs in the low 50s on Saturday and with an overnight low in the 30s.”

Now, as for those record-breaking high temperatures: At 2:19 p.m. Wednesday the temperature hit 77 degrees, topping the old record of 75 degrees set on Nov. 4 in 2003.

On Tuesday, the temperature peaked at 76 degrees, breaking the old record of 75 degrees for Nov. 3 set in 1987.

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Extended forecast

Thursday night. Showers after midnight with a low of 62. Breezy with winds of 13 to 18 mph from the south.

Friday: Showers likely mainly before 7 a.m., then gradually becoming sunny. Temperatures will fall to about 51 by 5 p.m. Winds will be 18 to 24 mph with gusts of up to 36 mph.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of about 36. Winds of 9 to 15 from the northwest with gusts of 23 mph possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West winds of 7 to 14 mph with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Saturday night: Clear with a low of about 31.

Sunday: Sunny and 48.

Sunday night: Clear and a low of 32.