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Records show June in West Michigan was warmer than 85% of previous summers

Records show June in West Michigan was warmer than 85% of previous summers

Records show June in West Michigan was warmer than 85% of previous summers

Warm and rainy. Two words that can be used to describe the month of June across much of the Lower Peninsula. Now that we’re in July, let’s take a look at how June compares to the records.

When all the data is put together, this June was warmer than 85 percent of all Junes on record, according to the National Weather Service. In Muskegon, Ludington, Kalamazoo and Jackson, it was also among the 10 wettest Junes on record.

According to the National Weather Service, Grand Rapids typically sees just under 4 inches of precipitation and an average monthly temperature of 68.9 degrees. This June, Grand Rapids saw 4.85 inches of precipitation, nearly an inch above average. The average monthly temperature was 70.5 degrees. This is 1.6 degrees warmer than normal.

This June was warmer and wetter than normal for many West Michigan locations. Graphic provided by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Lansing, Muskegon and Kalamazoo also recorded warmer-than-normal monthly average temperatures. All three sites also recorded more than an inch above their average rainfall, with Kalamazoo receiving 6.59 inches of rain, more than 3 inches above average.

In Grand Rapids, the average high temperature starts at 75 degrees at the beginning of the month and rises to 83 degrees on June 30. The first week of June was near average, with highs ranging from the 70s to the 80s.

The second week was quite chilly, however. Many locations saw cooler-than-average temperatures as an upper-level low pressure system hovered over Michigan for several days. In Grand Rapids, highs were in the mid-70s for several days, and the overnight low was 45 degrees on June 11.

The situation changed between the second and third weeks of June, when a severe heat wave affected much of the eastern United States. In Grand Rapids, several days were recorded with temperatures above 80°F and three days with temperatures above 90°F. These temperatures combined with dew points above 60°F resulted in excessive heat indices approaching 100°F.

Much of southern Michigan was at extreme risk (level 4 out of 4) for extreme heat on Tuesday, June 18. Graphic provided by the NWS

Along with the heat came strong thunderstorms. The National Weather Service reports that Kalamazoo and Portage experienced strong winds on June 16, while Holt experienced 70 mph winds and large hail on June 20.

On a more recent note, significant severe weather impacted Western Michigan on June 25, with wind gusts of 70 to 80 mph impacting Muskegon and Kent counties.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

A tree completely blocks Henry Street near the Dollar General after storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Strong Avenue near Muskegon High School is blocked by a fallen tree following storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Traffic lights were out across the city due to storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Strong Avenue near Muskegon High School is blocked by a fallen tree following storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

A tree completely blocks Henry Street near the Dollar General after storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

A tree hangs from power lines on W Forest Ave after storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

A tree hangs from power lines on W Forest Ave after storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Aftermath of storm damage in and around Muskegon, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.