Whoever wished for sunshine and warmer weather can take a break for a second.

Grand Rapids has yet to hit 90° this year, but it looks like all of West Michigan will very soon.

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A major heat wave is anticipated to arrive in West Michigan next week.

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How Hot Will It Get?

Temperatures are forecasted to reach the mid-90s, with some locations potentially approaching 100°.

This heat wave is expected to last for several consecutive days, from Monday through at least Thursday or Friday.

The high temperatures will combine with elevated humidity levels, resulting in oppressive conditions with heat index values potentially exceeding 100°.

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What's Causing The Heat Wave?

This heat wave is being driven by a strong upper-level ridge in the jet stream, which will allow warm air to surge into the region.

Thunderstorms are also possible, particularly near the lakeshore areas, which will feel good temporarily but then lead to increased humidity levels.

These conditions pose risks for heat-related illnesses, particularly for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions.

This forecasted heat wave may rank among the longest and hottest stretches of extreme heat experienced in recent decades, potentially rivaling the heat waves of 2012 and 1988.

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Read More: Ways To Stay Cool During The Hot Michigan Summer

You're advised to take the following necessary precautions

  • Staying hydrated
  • Limit outdoor activities during peak heat hours
  • seek air-conditioned environments when possible

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