Metro Detroit temps hit 90s, but thunderstorm looms
It may not be officially summer yet, but the National Weather Service is warning that continuing hot and humid weather in the next couple of days will pose health issues in Metro Detroit.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Monday, with temperatures expected to climb to 95 degrees and up to 90 degrees on Tuesday. the ozone action days mean that meteorologists expect elevated levels of smog that may cause difficulties for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
The action day is in effect for Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, St. Clair and Monroe counties. People and businesses are asked to avoid refueling, using gasoline-powered lawn equipment and using charcoal lighter fluid. Adults and children who have respiratory diseases such as asthma should limit "prolonged outdoor exertion," according to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials.
The weather is so extreme that Niko Goodrum of the Detroit Tigers left Monday's game with heat exhaustion, the team's public information office tweeted Monday.
Slight relief will come Wednesday when the temperatures dial down to 82 degrees. The rest of the week will be around 82 degrees, and lows will be in the mid-60s.
But there will be relief of sorts late Wednesday into Thursday when there is a 30-60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms as the "remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto" make their way north, according to the National Weather Service.
"It's making landfall over the Florida panhandle and will move over Lake Michigan late Wednesday into Thursday, and it will bring abundant moisture from the Gulf," National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey said Monday. "So we can expect a good amount of rain."
He said the rain is expected to begin around Wednesday afternoon and continue through the afternoon on Thursday.
"There will be lingering showers Thursday night, but we shouldn't expect much in the way of flooding," Frey said. There may be around 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain, which may linger into Friday, he said.
"But it should be dry for next weekend," Frey said.
Dr. Michael Weber and medical student Elizabeth Curtiss planned early Monday afternoon to trek to Belle Isle from downtown Detroit.
But Weber and Curtiss said they observed the rules for dealing with hot weather: wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and look for shady areas when outside.
"Bike riding is a breeze," Weber said Monday as he prepared to get on his bike. "Look for the (shady areas).
Curtiss urged those who planned to play outside Monday or any other hot day to "bring more ice than water."
Neera Martin and Elizabeth Osborn, both 21-year-old students at the University of Toledo who came up for Movement, the techno music festival, said they know the do's and don'ts of dealing with unsafe hot weather.
Both know to wear sunscreen and to stay hydrated. On Monday, the two were taking a break from the music festival and doing some tanning. But they were also mindful not to stay out too long in the sun.
"It's a challenge," Martin said as she took a break and sat in cafe chairs outside a restaurant on Fort Street in downtown Detroit. "But it's better than being cold. We complain about being cold all winter."
Martin said part of dealing with hot weather is "wearing less clothing and drinking water."
Osborn said the hot weather doesn't bother her as much.
"I like the sun and the warmth," she said. "I don't like the humidity."
Both women said they try to keep their exposure to about an hour when it comes to dangerously high temperatures.
Staff Writer Shawn Lewis contributed.