DETROIT — Some Michigan schools are closing early for the day amid a fall heat wave that’s broken records for high temperatures across the state.
The Detroit Public Schools Community District is sending home students following a half-day Monday and canceling afternoon sports. Schools in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas also are among those closing early. The heat wave continues through Tuesday.
In the Detroit area, the National Weather Service says Saturday’s high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) surpassed the record of 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31.5 Celsius) for Sept. 23 set in 1937, while a high Sunday of 89 degrees Fahrenheit tied the record from Sept. 24, 1891.
In western Michigan and the Flint area, record highs were reached four consecutive days. Temperatures will be cooler on Thursday and Friday.