This week brings the first official day of summer, and it will definitely feel like it in West Michigan.

National Weather Service Issues Excessive Heat Watch For West Michigan

The National Weather Service has issues an excessive heat watch for much of West Michigan from Monday afternoon, June 18 through 8p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024.

The counties under the watch include Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Muskegon, Montcalm, Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, and Calhoun Counties.

What is An Excessive Heat Watch?

An excessive heat watch is issued when there are dangerous conditions due to heat index values up to 100 degrees and high humidity.

Daily temperatures Monday through Friday are expected to be 90 degrees or higher. Temperatures at night will only fall into the 70s. So, the affect of the heat will build through the course of the week. It's expected to be partly to mostly sunny each day. It's possible we'll see record-breaking temperatures in parts of West Michigan this week.


Heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and dehydration increase significantly during extreme heat and high humidity events.

What To Do in An Excessive Heat Watch

The National Weather Service advises that during excessive heat, you should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Find cooling centers located across in Kent County here.

See How Michigan's Great Flood of 1986 Reshaped Our State

Over a three-day period, September 10-12, 1986, continuous heavy rains caused extensive damage due to flood waters. These stationary rains collapsed homes on the Lake Michigan shore and moved entire neighborhoods off their foundations in the Bay Area. Here's a look at local news coverage during the Great Michigan Flood of 1986.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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