CLEVELAND - EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING for Friday afternoon and evening for Lorain, Medina, Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas, Erie, Huron, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Coshocton, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Counties. High temperatures across these counties will climb into the upper 90s during the day. With humidity factored in, it will feel like 105 degrees or higher! Strenuous outdoor activities could lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Take precautions!
An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of the heat and the humidity will create "Feels Like" temperatures above 105 degrees during the height of the afternoon. Heat related illnesses are likely.
Drink plenty of fluids. Stay in air conditioned locations. Stay out of the sun if possible. Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
Take extra precautions while outdoors:
1) Reschedule strenuous activity in the morning or evening.
2) Take frequent breaks to hydrate.
3) Wear light colored & loose fitting clothing.
HEAT ADVISORY in effect Friday afternoon and evening for Cuyahoga (Great Cleveland), Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. Highs in the lower to middle 90s plus high humidity will yield a "feels like" temperature of near 100 degrees during the afternoon.
7:29 pm Update: Warm front parked over Northern Ohio will shift eastward overnight. An isolated thunderstorm is still possible as the front moves out of the state. Tonight's low temperatures will be warm and muggy...in the low to mid 70s area-wide.
The core of the intense heat currently over the Central Plains will shift east for Friday. This will allow our temperatures during the day to sky-rocket back into the middle and upper 90s in many spots. With heat index values above 100 degrees! Without the warm front overhead, thunderstorm activity should be limited to an isolated late afternoon storm along any lake breeze that forms during the day.
The last day of our heat wave should be Saturday. Highs will climb back into the middle and upper 90s again. As a cold front approaches from the northwest late in the day, thunderstorms will become more widespread and last into the overnight. A few of the storms could contain damaging winds and large hail.
Cooler weather arrives behind the front on Sunday. Highs will top out in the lower 80s with partly cloudy skies & lower humidity!
5:00 p.m. Update: Storms are sparking to the west of NE OH and will stay there. Other than passing clouds, expect a mainly dry evening. Temperatures were held in the 80s today but don't expect much of a cool off tonight. We will stay in the 70s and 80s much of the night.
3:00 p.m. Update: Expect light rain to continue east of Cleveland as temperatures hover in the middle to upper 70s. As far as areas west of Cleveland go, temps a have warmed into the 80s. This will allow storms to continue to spark through the afternoon. Expect gusty winds, brief heavy rain and small hail with each of the stronger storms.
1:00 p.m. Update: Storms are starting to move closer to OH. Expect light rain in our northeastern counties first. The storms will develop to the west with the strongest storms pushing through Erie, Huron, Richland and Ashland Counties later this afternoon. Temperatures are warming as a few peeks of sunshine break through the clouds. Expect highs in the upper 80s to near 90 the further south you are.
Noon Update: Temperatures are holding in the upper 70s as clouds pass through our sky. Another round of strong storms is gaining strength north of Lake Erie and will push south this afternoon. Expect strong winds followed by heavy rain and lightning closer to 3pm.
Severe storms developed over Michigan this morning and plowed across Lake Erie into Northeast Ohio. The storms packed winds of 60+ mph and downed trees and power lines, especially along the lake.
Storms have passed, but beneficial light rain remains, mainly west of I-77. Expect rain to continue in many areas until 10 or 11 a.m.
Another round of storms is possible this afternoon and evening. Storms over northern Michigan are moving southeast toward Ohio. Please check in online and on your cell before you head out for evening activities.
Overnight, temperatures will fall to the low 70s under mostly clear skies.
Friday's highs could be the hottest of the week as high pressure sits overhead. Expect highs in the mid-to-upper 90s.
A cold front will cross Northeast Ohio Saturday, triggering scattered showers and thunderstorms. By Sunday, temperatures will drop to the low 80s.
Sunshine and highs in the low 80s continue through next Wednesday.
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