After heat, storms, outages, cooler conditions for Metro Detroit this weekend

After a week that brought record-breaking heat and strong storms that left thousands without power, southeast Michigan can expect cooler, calmer conditions heading into the weekend.

Temperatures should drop into the upper 60s overnight and rise into the mid-80s on Friday under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts as high as 23 mph are possible.

The forecast calls for highs Saturday and Sunday topping out in the 70s. Lows should be in the 50s.

The heat isn't done, though.

The weather service predicts the mercury rising into the mid-90s on Tuesday.

That's similar to Wednesday when some communities saw record-breaking temperatures and high humidity.

Though Thursday was breezy and slightly cooler, Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus still reached a high of 90 in the afternoon, which is 10 degrees above average for the date, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday morning, a system crossed the region with winds nearing 40 mph, toppling trees in Livingston and Oakland counties, the weather service reported.

Police urged the public to avoid the area around Interstate 96 and Grand River after an early morning storm took down power lines and knocked out electricity.

Novi city officials said a storm Thursday morning caused downed trees and power lines in the Novi Town Center area.

"Earlier this morning a strong storm rolled through Novi resulting in down trees and power lines in the Novi Road/Crescent Boulevard/Grand River Avenue area, specifically the Novi Town Center," officials said in a post on the city's official Facebook page. "Novi Police and Fire remain on the scene and are securing the area until our DTE partners can restore the power."

Weather-related issues and other problems led to scattered power outages across the area. Areas in Dearborn had issues starting Wednesday night.

DTE Energy reported about 6,600  customers without power Thursday evening.

"We should have 95% of our customers restored by end of day," spokeswoman Colleen Rosso told The Detroit News. "Our crews are working around the clock to restore customers. We know that it’s hard to be without power, especially when it’s hot."

About 20,000 Consumers Energy customers had outages across northern Michigan late Thursday. Many of the outages are in and near Houghton Lake. More than 100 crews were in the field working on restoration efforts, according to its website.

"Restoration estimates may change as high winds may delay crews from safely beginning restoration work," the utility said.

"My house in Ecorse, there was just a little rain, nothing," said ABC Warehouse Novi store Manager John Camarata. Camarata said that the exterior front door at the store had been pushed in by wind when he arrived for work Thursday morning in the Twelve Oaks and West Oaks mall area on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

cramirez@detroitnews.com