Rain moving out of southeast Michigan; cooler, drier conditions ahead

Mark Hicks Kayla Ruble
The Detroit News

Parts of southeast Michigan saw heavy rain and downpours Monday, but the National Weather Service predicts the severe weather is headed out and giving way to cooler, drier conditions. 

An approaching cold front was expected to follow the showers, which were to end by midnight, said Scott Thomas of the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township.

"With that, we’ll pretty much end our rain chances for the night," he said.

Temperatures were set to drop into the 60s overnight then reach the upper 70s on Tuesday under partly sunny skies.

Highs Wednesday could top out in the mid-80s. 

The mercury is forecast to hover around 80 through Friday, with few rain chances, the weather service said.

On Monday, Detroit Metro Airport reached 89, 7 degrees above average for the date.

Following some showers Monday morning, heavier rain fell, mostly in Monroe, Lenawee and Wayne counties, Thomas said.

Radar estimates showed Lenawee saw nearly 2 inches of rain, while Wayne had at least an inch.

The rain left large puddles in parts of east and downtown Detroit.

An inch to 1.5 inches is expected in some areas of southeast Michigan after two rounds of rainfall and storms Monday, Aug. 8, 2020.
Between rounds of rain, southeast Michigan will have hot and humid conditions. Weather for the rest of the week will be cooler.

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Western lakeshore areas are under a beach hazard through Tuesday morning. Conditions in Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren, Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties will see high wave action, strong currents, and dangerous swimming conditions, according to the weather service.

A small craft advisory also is in effect through early Tuesday for parts of Saginaw Bay.