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Record High Temps Could Welcome Autumn In Lansing

Reginald Hardwick
WKAR Public Media
People attending the State Capitol Farmers market on a muggy, hot September 21, 2017.

Lansing is expecting an early autumn heat wave over the next few days, with high temperatures possibly reaching or exceeding 90 degrees.

Meteorologist Bob Dukesherer is a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

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National Weather Service

He said a blocked upper weather pattern is contributing to the heat.

“We have a trough out in the west, we have hurricanes in the western Atlantic off the east coast, and we're building a ridge overhead," Dukesherer explains. "Beneath that ridge, we get sunny skies and the warm air is pumped up out of the south.”

Lansing’s record high temperature for Friday, the first day of autumn, is 94 degrees, set in 1895.

The record high for September 23 and 24 is 90 degrees, and Lansing could hit 90 on Friday and the upper 80s over the weekend.

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