Month of August was fifth warmest on record for region
The article has been corrected to reflect August of 2018 was the fifth-hottest August on record in the Detroit area. The ranking was incorrect in a story published online Wednesday.
The month of August was the fifth-hottest on record in Metro Detroit, according to data from the National Weather Service.
August's average temperature in Metro Detroit this year was 75.8 degrees, about 3.8 degrees warmer than normal, said Sara Pampreen, a meteorologist with the weather service's White Lake Township office.
The coldest August on record was in 1915, with an average temperature of 65.9 degrees.
Pampreen said there's no explanation for this past August's spike in average temperature.
The month ranks fifth behind the average August temperature of 76.3 degrees reached in 1959, 76.5 degrees in 1947 and 76.7 degrees in 2016. The warmest August on record, according to the weather services, was in 1995 when the month's average temperature reached 77.1.
And the start of September has kept with the trend.
September's normal average high temperature is about 74 degrees, but it rose from 87 degrees Saturday, the first of the month, to 90 degrees Sunday, 91 degrees Monday and 92 degrees Tuesday.
The weather service issued a heat advisory Tuesday that was in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday because the temperatures and high humidity combined to push the heat index to near 100 degrees in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe counties.
The hot and humid air could be dangerous for the elderly and people with health conditions.
A cool off, though, was expected by Thursday. A cold front is expected to push across the region Wednesday night, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms, according to the service's meteorologists.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 76 degrees and a low of about 60 degrees. A chance of rain before 2 p.m.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high near 74 degrees and a low of about 60 degrees.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 72 degrees and a low of about 59 degrees. A chance of showers after 2 a.m.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 71 degrees and a low of about 61 degrees. Showers likely after 2 p.m. and before 8 p.m.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 75 degrees and a low of about 61 degrees.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 78 degrees.
Source: National Weather Service