April in Detroit 13th coldest on record
Preliminary data shows last month was the 13th coldest April for the Detroit area since 1874, according to the National Weather Service.
The month's average high in the Detroit area was six degrees colder — 43 degrees — than normal, according to the weather service's preliminary monthly climate data report. The service's records for Detroit go back to 1874.
The report has yet to be reviewed by the National Climatic Data Center, which preserves and provides public access to the country's climate and historical weather data.
Once the numbers are confirmed, it will move the 43.2 degrees in 1982 out of the 13th spot, according to Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the weather service's office in White Lake Township.
The coldest April ever was in 1874 had an average temperature of 37.6 degrees, according to the weather service. The warmest was in 1955 with 54.5 degrees, the agency said.
Meanwhile, this week's weather in Detroit is predicted to be warm with above-average high temps lasting through Saturday.
Dale said a weather system is bringing warmer air into the region and causing temperatures to rise.
On Tuesday, the temperature is expected to reach a high of 80 degrees in most of the region. For May 1st in Detroit, the record is 86 degrees, which was set in 1942. A record low temperature for May 1 was set in 1978 with 26 degrees. The average high for this time of year is 64 degrees, according to weather agencies.
The weather service has also placed all of southeast Michigan under a high fire risk Tuesday until 8 p.m. due to the warm, dry conditions. Any outdoor activities that may produce sparks or flames are strongly discouraged.
As the week goes on, the chances for rain are predicted to increase.
In addition, the weekend will bring a cool down to average May temperatures, the weather service said.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 79 degrees and a low of about 62 degrees. There's a chance of showers between noon and 3 p.m. and a chance of thunderstorms after 9 p.m.
Thursday: Cloudy with a high near 75 degrees and a low of about 59 degrees. There's a chance of thunderstorms before 9 a.m. and possibly throughout the day. The area could see between a quarter of an inch and half of an inch of rain.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 71 degrees and a low of about 50 degrees. Showers likely before 9 a.m.
Saturday: Sunny with a high near 68 degrees and a low of about 44 degrees.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 63 degrees and a low of about 46 degrees.
Monday: Sunny with a high near 66 degrees.
Source: National Weather Service