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Detroit -- Metro Detroiters prepare to lower your thermostats, a heat wave is coming. 

Saturday is expected to be the last "extremely cold day" as Metro Detroit receives a January Thaw next week, Jordan Dale, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said Saturday

"There will be a thaw in the mid part of the week. Starting Wednesday night, we'll have a 36-hour period where we are above freezing," said Dale. 

Dale said there are no more advisories expected for wind chill and "Sunday will be the last time we have wind chills below zero." 

The highest temperature will be around 46 degrees on Thursday, which also isn't record-breaking. On Jan. 11 in 1890, Metro Detroit had a high of 66 degrees. 

Melody Griffin, of Troy, came downtown for a family day on Saturday and said she wished the warm weather would arrive sooner. 

"We haven't been downtown to see all the holiday stuff yet and we wanted to ice skate, but it's just too cold," said Griffin, 47. "The cold didn't stop us from leaving the house. My kids were all home from school and we needed a day out."

The Burton family of four also spent their afternoon warming up at the Cadillac Lodge before heading back on the QLine to shop around downtown.

"Most of us have work during the week so we probably won't be able to enjoy the warm weather but it'll make the commute easier," said Jerry Burton, of Warren. 

Forecast

Saturday night: Low of minus 1 degrees overnight with winds at 6 mph. 

Sunday: Cloudy with a high of 22 degrees in the afternoon. There is a chance of some snow Sunday night rolling over Monday morning accumulating about 1 inch. 

Monday: Morning snow with a high of 37 degrees and a low of 24. with winds at 10 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, dry with a high of 33 degrees and a low of 22 degrees. 

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with rain. High is 40 degrees and low of 37 degrees.

Thursday: Mild with periods of rain. High of 46 degrees and a low of 24 degrees. 

srahal@detroitnews.com

 

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