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Clouds in Royal Oak (credit: Tylar Masters)

Clouds in Royal Oak (credit: Tylar Masters)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Another storm system threatened Metro Detroit, Friday, amidst a week-long heat wave gripping the state. A severe thunderstorm watch had been issued until 8 p.m., but was canceled early, just after 4 p.m..

AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Kosek said these storms are our chance for a bit of cool-down.

“It’s gonna feel good when the rain’s coming down as it will feel like the upper 70s low 80s outside,” said Kosek. “But, with too much rain too fast and some damaging wind gusts, there are problems with isolating flooding downpours and some of the damage from the wind, so you gotta be careful with some of these storms earlier tonight,” he said.

 - Latest weather alerts, here –

Record temperatures soared past 100 degrees, Thursday, causing the closure of over 100 public schools. Some residents have also been affected by rotating blackouts, while their city’s power grid struggles to keep up with the higher electrical demand cause by the heat.

For those faced with no air conditioning or power, many public locations throughout the region have converted to cooling centers, offering some relief from the heat. (See the complete list here)

Friday afternoon, about 15,000 DTE Energy customers were without power, ahead of the storms.

Forecast details from the Weather Team:

Rest of The Afternoon – Thunderstorms…some storms may be severe…damaging winds possible. Highs 90 to 94…with a heat index around 100. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night – Mostly cloudy early…then becoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 73 to 77. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to west…then becoming light and variable late. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday – Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 88 to 92…with a heat index around 95. Light and variable winds…becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday Night – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 71 to 75. West winds 5 to 10 mph…becoming light and variable. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 85 to 89. Light and variable winds…becoming south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday Night – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 68 to 72. Chance of rain 40 percent.

For the latest, keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for Traffic and Weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. Visit our weather page.

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