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Here in Michigan, it’s actually getting up to almost 80 degrees this week. In some areas, it’s likely to hit the big 8-0. I’ve been waiting for this moment since last fall. We’re just in April, so these are record highs. I’m loving it, but I realize the unseasonably warm temperatures can cause problems, especially since we haven’t had much rain.

Wednesday (April 12), the National Weather Service predicts temperatures to get up near 80 in much of lower Michigan. While temperatures will be high, it will also be breezy, with west winds at 10 to 20 miles per hour. Thursday (April 13), expect more sun and even warmer temperatures, with highs likely to get into the 80s. Do I need to get out my bikini already? Locally, in Detroit, temperatures are expected to hit the 80s as early as Wednesday and stay there the rest of the week. In Grand Rapids and Lansing, don’t expect temperatures to hit the 80-degree mark until Thursday. Friday (April 14) is also projected to get into the 80s. So far, it appears

Also, according to the National Weather Service, there is a danger of fires today. They tweeted out, “Warm, dry air and gusty winds will result in a higher chance of fires quickly spreading out of control. Today, temperatures will climb into the upper 70s in many locations, though will be cooler right near Lake Michigan.” Much of the west side of the state, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and even as east as Lansing, is under a Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning.

The weekend will start warm, and then temperatures are expected to drop to the 50s or 60s when rain hits. Thank goodness we’re getting rain, because we need it.

10 Michigan Cities Among America's Most Violent

  • 56. Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is often considered one of Michigan’s nicest big cities, but it also has some dangerous spots. It’s actually Michigan’s second largest city, behind Detroit, but it is much smaller than the Motor City. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,929.

    Grand Rapids

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  • 50. Battle Creek

    Battle Creek often appears on these lists of the most violent cities in Michigan. The city is located in a beautiful area of Michigan on the west side of the state, not far from Kalamazoo, but has a few sketchy spots. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 614.

    Battle Creek

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  • 48. Flint

    People often think that Flint is the most dangerous city in Michigan, but it’s far from it, according to this new report. It’s No. 48 in America. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 982.


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  • 44. Flint Township

    Flint and Flint Township are obviously close together, and both fall next to each other on the list of the most dangerous cities in Michigan and America. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 320. If you add that to Flint, you can see why the area is considered somewhere to be careful.

  • 42. Jackson

    Jackson has a massive state prison, and the city is often known for them when it’s brought up in conversations across Michigan. I personally really like Jackson and some of its rural areas. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 353.


  • 32. Pontiac

    North of Detroit, Pontiac is considered an area to be careful in. It’s No. 32 in America for violent crime. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 712.


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  • 17. Lansing

    I grew up in Lansing and and am surprised to to see it so high on this list. Then again, crime has been on the rise in the city. Lansing is considered the No. 17 most dangerous city in America and third most dangerous in Michigan. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,757.


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  • 10. Kalamazoo

    Kalamazoo, like Battle Creek, has always been known for having some rough areas. It’s a beautiful city, but you do have to be careful on the outskirts. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,211.


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  • 5. Detroit

    People often think of Detroit as the most dangerous city in Michigan and one of the most violent in America, but it’s not No. 1 in Michigan. Detroit is the No. 5 most dangerous city in America, though, which isn’t a great look. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 14,509.


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  • 4. Saginaw

    It’s crazy to think, but Saginaw, Michigan, has been named the No. 4 most dangerous city in the entire country. It’s also the most dangerous city in Michigan. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,080.


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  • Source

    This list is via the FBI.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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