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A summer like day for May 8, 2014

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Thursday was certainly a steamy day across West Michigan. The high in Grand Rapids topped out at 87°. This was 2 degrees shy of the record high for the date set in 1926. The last time we observed temperatures this warm was way back on September 11, 2013 when the high was 88°. The average high temperature for the date is 67°, so we were 20 degrees above average. Looking at the climate record dating back to the late 1800s, the average date for Grand Rapids to first see a high of at least 85° is on May 20. The earliest date was on March 21, 2012 and the latest on June 27, 1960.

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The Grand Rapids National Weather Service collected the high temperatures reports. See the reported high temperatures from around West Michigan in the list below.

87° Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, South Haven, Hillsdale, Benton Harbor, Three Rivers
86° Lansing, Sturgis
85° Jackson, Charlotte, Marshall, Ionia, Mason
84° Coldwater
83° Muskegon, Mt. Pleasant, Alma
82° Big Rapids, Fremont
78° Cadillac, Houghton Lake
77° Ludington

Our tease with summer is gone as temperatures return to more seasonable levels and even below average as the Climate Prediction Center outlooks indicate. See the slideshow at the top of the page for more.

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