The summer months are here, and boy, does it feel like it. This week is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, with this Wednesday (June 15) possibly bringing record-breaking heat to many areas of Michigan.
“Heat and Humidity will build next week with record highs in the mid 90s likely on Wednesday, pushing heat indexes above 100 degrees,” the U.S. National Weather Service out of Detroit and Pontiac states.
So, which areas of Michigan are getting the excessive heat? According to the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, most of lower Michigan will be in dangerous heat territory. Heat indexes are expected to hit 100 throughout the state, including in Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, South Haven, Fremont, Coldwater and beyond.
Temperatures on Wednesday, according to Weather.com, are expected to reach 99 in Lansing and 97 in Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids. That’s not even counting the heat index, so it’s going to be a scorching day. Will we break a record? It’s possible. According to the National Weather Service, the record high in Detroit for June 15 was set in 1988 at 95 degrees. In Flint, the record was set the same year at 93. If you’re not looking forward to the hot temperatures, there’s some good news on the horizon, as those high temperatures will fall by the weekend. On Saturday (June 18), Lansing and Grand Rapids are expected to top out at 79 degrees, with Detroit at 78 and Flint at 76.
Be cautious on both Tuesday and Wednesday, as those will likely be the hottest days of the week. It’s expected that much of Michigan will see the National Weather Service issue a heat advisory for these two days. To get a heat advisory, the heat index has to be 100 degrees or higher for at least two days and night air temperatures must stay above the mid 70s. Drink plenty of water and limit outdoor activities.