W. MI celebrates early taste of summer in March

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — People across West Michigan were ditching their coats Friday, as temperatures soared.

It was the first day this year that temperatures hit the 70 degree mark for many areas. In Grand Rapids, the temperature topped out at 69 degrees — the highest it’s been in four months.

The mercury climbed even higher further south. Battle Creek hit a high of 77 degrees and Kalamazoo celebrated a 78-degree high — its top temperature in five months.

24 Hour News 8’s Evan Dean went to Kalamazoo to see how people enjoyed the summer-like March day. Watch their reaction, above.