Storms push out, but more heat ahead through weekend

Mark Hicks Hannah Mackay
The Detroit News

The storms that swept across the state Wednesday and sparked thousands of power outages have largely left, but the heat is slated to stick around.

The National Weather Service said highs hovering near 90 are expected through Saturday in southeast Michigan, when the next main chance for showers arrives.

NaShawn Davis,11, of Detroit, enjoys the Palmer Park Splash Pad in Detroit earlier in the summer.

Starting Sunday, "we’ll start to push a little bit of that warmer air out," said Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist with the weather station in White Lake Township. "Next week, things should be back towards the climatological average."

The normal high for this time of year is around 84, weather service records show.

On Wednesday, Detroit Metro Airport soared to 92, shy of the record, 97, set in 2019 and 1977.

It was the ninth time since June 1 the mercury has climbed into the 90s, according to weather service data.

As the area baked, a crossing cold front in the afternoon brought scattered showers and thunderstorms. 

Wind gusts as high as 66 mph were recorded in Romulus, while parts of Macomb and Oakland county saw gusts near 40 mph, the weather service reported.

Hail nearing an inch fell in Sanilac County, which briefly had a tornado warning, while tree limbs and electrical wires were toppled in Genesee, Lapeer, Bay and Tuscola counties, according to the weather service.

DTE Energy reported nearly 23,000 outages late Wednesday, including large clusters near Bad Axe, Novi, Hamtramck, Northville and Dexter.

The Consumers Energy website reported more than 7,100 customers without power across the state, with many near Lansing, Grand Rapids and Midland.

A small craft advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. for parts of Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay.

The weather service forecast calls for wind gusts to remain above 15 mph overnight, when temperatures drop to around 70, and into Thursday.

Weather forecast this week

Thursday: Sunny, high near 89. Low around 70.

Friday: Sunny, high near 91. Low around 72. Chance of precipitation 30%.

Saturday: Chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, high near 92. Low around 71.

Sunday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, high near 84. Low around 67.