Lower Michigan is in the midst of a pretty intense heat wave that has seen Holland and Muskegon hit new record high temperatures with 94° and 93° respectively, records that hadn't been broken since 1905 and 1957.


Like every Michigander when they hear it's going to be hot, my first thought after hearing it was going to be 90° for an entire week was

wait that's going to be perfect beach weather...

and as such, the beaches were absolutely packed over the weekend. I mean, LOOK at these conditions.

My go-to beach is Holland State Park. One of the best beaches in the state in my opinion. So when it comes to knowing if the beach is going to be insanely busy where there is no parking and nowhere to set up your towel, there is a backdoor way to get a 24-hour view of the beach you can access anytime: The Holland State Park Live-cam.


Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Michigan DNR, the City of Holland, and Park Township, there is a live stream of the Holland State Park and surrounding areas that was launched in 2020. It's a wonderful tool that shows visitors the current weather conditions at the beach (and also shows how busy the beach is on a good day). It has been used by first responders on multiple occasions to provide an aerial view of the lake when needed.

Next time you're considering a trip to the beach or visiting to watch the sunset, give the live stream a view before you head in. Oh, and don't forget the sunscreen.

LOOK: Lake Michigan Beach Named One of the Best 'Secret' Beaches in U.S.

Northern Michigan's South Manitou Island has been named among the best 20 "secret" beaches in the U.S. by Southern Living Magazine.

Within Sleeping Bear Dune's National Lakeshore, South and North Manitou Island are part of an island chain in Lake Michigan that extends north to the Straits of Mackinac. 

According to the National Park Service, "The island consists of a ridge of tilted layers of limestone, buried under a blanket of glacial debris. It features unique sand dune formations, 10 miles of beaches, and a grove of old growth white cedars that date back over 500 years."

Gallery Credit: Janna

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Anuradha Varanasi

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