Rain on tap for Metro Detroit on Election Day

The Detroit News

First it was the stormy political season.

Now come the showers. On Election Day, that is.

Rain is expected across Metro Detroit after 2 p.m. and is forecast to continue to mainly before 8 p.m., just as the polls close, the National Weather Service predicts.

But the rain accompanying a cold front pushing across the Great Lakes shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the crowds heading to the polls, meteorologist Bryan Tilley said. “Rainfall totals are going to be pretty modest — a quarter-inch or less on average.”

The high Tuesday will be near 57, with increasing clouds. A low of 43 is expected Tuesday night.

Normal high for the day is 53, with a low of 37, or an average temperature of 45. The record high was 71 in 1915, according to the National Weather Service.

Detroit Metro Airport reached 66 degrees on Monday — not far from the record of 70 set in 1916, weather service data shows.

Once the cold front leaves the region, temperatures on Wednesday could top out in the lower 50s with noticeably brisk air, Tilley said.

Highs Thursday could be in the mid-50s, but expect a change.

The thermometer is expected to hover in the 40s on Friday and Saturday, with lows near freezing.

Despite that, it’s likely the perfect weather to take a deep, cleansing breath and relax after a grueling presidential campaign.