Forecast: Showers, storms, then warm weekend

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit might have dodged downpours so far this week, but rain is possible across the region overnight and Thursday.

Brief thunderstorms, some severe, are expected to push through southeast Michigan by dawn, said Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township.

The quickly moving line sweeping from Saginaw through Detroit could drop as much as half an inch of rain, but wind damage also is possible in spots, he said.

The forecast calls for line to have moved out by the morning rush hour, but then the area should “start to see another pattern of showers moving in from the north during the afternoon,” Tilley said.

The second storm is not expected to be severe, Tilley said. “Some places could get an additional inch.”

That could help the parched lawns in the area. Through Wednesday night, Detroit Metro Airport had reported about 1.06 inches of rainfall so far in June — about 0.77 inches below average, according to NWS records.

Anyone struggling to keep yards and plants hydrated notes the lack of rain.

“We’re below normal, but it’s way too early to make the call if it’s going to be ranked among the driest Junes,” Tilley said. “All we need is one storm like we have tonight and that will raise the deficit.”

The incoming showers are set to end by nightfall Thursday, after the thermometer reaches the upper 70s.

Then, get ready for a return to dry conditions — and warmth.

Highs Friday could top out in the lower 80s, several degrees above normal, weather service data shows.

Readings around 85 also are predicted for Saturday and Sunday as skies remain mostly sunny.

“It looks pretty solid,” Tilley said.