Detroit has hottest summer on record; 2nd warmest Aug.
Metro Detroit just wrapped up its hottest summer on record, according to the National Weather Service.
“Even though we didn’t set records for (number of) 90-degree days, it was just consistently warm through the summer months,” said meteorologist Dave Kook said.
An average of 74.9 degrees for June, July and August narrowly edged out the 74.8 degree record set in 2012, Kook said. The weather service started recording data for Detroit in 1874.
For August, Metro Detroit came in second place with an average temperature of 76.7 degrees, behind a record 77.1 degrees set in 1995.
August’s highest temperature was 96 degrees on Aug. 10.
The highest temperature this summer was 98 degrees on July 23, Kook said. The area never saw an 100-degree day or records for extreme heat, Kook said.
“We were just consistently warm throughout the summer months with fairly warm minimum temperatures,” he said. “We had lows in the upper 60s and 70s, which is going to raise your average temperature.”
Other areas in southeast Michigan failed to touch longstanding temperature records, Kook said.
Flint finished third warmest with an average temperature of 73.8 degrees, falling to a record 74.2 degrees set in 1933. In Saginaw, an average this year of 71.8 degrees placed 12th, far behind the record of 73 degrees set in 1931.