Memorial Day forecast: Possibly hottest on record


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This could not only be the hottest Memorial Day ever in West Michigan, it will also be close to the hottest day we’ve ever had in the month of May.

The record  for the month is a 95-degree reading on May 31, 1934, while the record high for Memorial Day is 92 degrees.

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High temperatures will continue to be unseasonably warm the first part of this week with readings in the low to mid-90s in inland areas of lower Michigan and only areas getting a wind off a Great Lake holding in the 70s.

Below is the Futurecast temperature map for 4 p.m. Monday. This is not necessarily the highest temperature for the day, but it should be close.

Grand Rapids is up to 93 degrees and Kalamazoo is 94 degrees. The readings at the lakeshore are airport temperatures. Beach temperatures will be mainly in the 70s. 

Lake Michigan will provide free air conditioning for those wishing to escape the heat. The lakeshore should stay in the 70s through Monday with water temperatures mostly in the 50s, which is still too cold for extensive swimming for most people. Be aware of hypothermia risk if you are planning on getting out on the water.

Remember that the water just below the surface is often several degrees colder, so be careful before jumping in.

The Lake Michigan forecast for Monday has light winds and waves in most areas only 6 inches to a foot. The risk of rip currents and structural currents is very low.

Recordings from state park beaches put water temperatures at 58 degrees near Ludington and 53 degrees at Holland Sunday afternoon. Mid-lake, the water was 47 degrees.

Inland lakes are warmer, with Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids showing a Sunday afternoon water temperature of 73 degrees.



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