The 10 Hottest Days Ever Recorded in Lansing, Michigan
Here in Mid-Michigan, we're fortunate to be far enough north that we're spared the most unbearable summer heat that Mother Nature has to unleash onto North America.
In fact, in records dating back to 1910, extremeweatherwatch.com reveals only ten times that Lansing has ever reached triple-digits—only twice so far this century.
Put on your sunscreen, grab your sunglasses and walk with us through history as we revisit Lansing's 10 hottest days on record.
The high temperature has topped out at an even 100 degrees on four separate occasions in Lansing, the most recent of which was on the 4th of July in 2012. Independence Day that year turned out to be the second hottest day of the year—there was another day that would top it. More on that in a little bit.
The mercury also hit 100 on August 2, 1964; July 6, 1988; and August 1, 1988.
A brutal heat wave struck Lansing in late July of 1916. The area experienced daily high temperatures of 90 degrees or greater for nine straight days, culminating with triple-digit readings on July 29 (102) and July 30 (101).
A similar heat wave of 90+ degree days struck during the Great Depression in 1936. Lansing recorded eight consecutive days in the 90s or higher from July 7-14, 1936. The afternoon temp hit 101 on the final day of that heat wave.
Readings of 102 were recorded in Lansing on August 6, 1918, and on July 24, 1934.
We don't have to go back very far at all to find the hottest day ever in Lansing history. It's actually the last time the mercury rose into the triple digits in Mid-Michigan. On July 6, 2012, Lansing hit its all-time record high of 103.