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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you think you have been wearing your jacket more often this spring, you are correct.
Over the past two weeks, West Michigan had as many high temperatures in the 40s as the 60s — four. Temperatures during this timeframe are 3.5 degrees below average and nearly two degrees below average for spring.
West Michigan only hit 70 degrees six times this year. The thought of 80 degrees almost seems strange, but it should not. The average date for Grand Rapids’ first 80-degree day is April 30.
Here is a look at the various dates the past five years when West Michigan basked in the season’s first 80-degree warmth.
West Michigan came close April 22 with a high of 77 degrees, but warm temperatures so far this spring will not hit and hold. The last time we felt the warmth of an 80-degree day was nearly a half year ago on Oct. 9, 2018.
Begrudgingly, our wait continues but let’s hope that wait is not as long as the folk had to endure in 1924. Their first 80-degree day did not occur until June 12.
No 80s in the forecast this week. The latest Storm Team 8 Forecast indicates hightemperatures reflect much of what we’ve had this spring, which is a random warm day with the chance of showers in a sea of cool.
The search for 80 degrees may remain allusive as the latest 8-14 day temperature outlook remains cool. The average high during this time-frame is 70 degrees.
We are only be about a month away — June 17th — when Grand Rapids’ average high temperature is 80 degrees.