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Summer this Fall: Better late than never

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 19:45:51-04

An unusual late September heat wave ushered in the hottest weather of the year. This big-time heat has shattered record high temperatures that have stood for more than 100 years! 
All of this comes on the heels of a very average summer. Even though September started out cooler than average, it was in the third week we started an unprecedented stretch of 6 consecutive days of highs near or above 90 degrees, including several all time record highs.

Detroit averages eleven days with temperatures 90 degrees or hotter each year. We went from only having four the entire summer (three of them in June) to adding three in September alone.  Detroit either tied or set three records this month. Tuesday (Sept. 26th) was not only a record high of 93 degrees, but also the hottest day all year and the hottest Detroit has ever been so late in the season. All this late month heat could mean the 12th hottest September on record for Detroit.

While some people enjoyed this September sizzler, others have been hoping for cooler days ahead. Those who want to fully embrace the feeling of fall in Michigan will get their wish this weekend.  It will be dramatically cooler - almost 30 degrees colder this weekend!  However, if you crave a little more summer-like heat, just wait a few days for temperatures to rebound to near 80 degrees again next week.