CLEVELAND - During last week's five days of 90 degree weather, I mentioned that it would probably be the warmest stretch of weather we would see this summer.
No. I'm not saying we won't see 90 degrees again this year. But, based on the current computer forecasts, Mother Nature is going to make it difficult to get any heat to stay across the Great Lakes and northern Ohio for the next few weeks.
Wednesday's high of 70 degrees was a full 12 degrees below the normal high for Cleveland for this time in July. Average highs are in the lower 80s. Our forecast calls for highs in the 70s thru Tuesday of next week.
Beyond that, forecasts continue to hint at cooler than normal weather thru at least the first week of August. Take a look at the first graphic in the photo section above. Temperatures are expected to average 3 to 5 degrees BELOW normal (green) between now and Aug. 3 across northern Ohio.
Graphic 1: Average Temperatures from July 24 to Aug. 3, 2013. (WeatherBell Analytics)
What more, Graphic #2 shows the average temperature forecast from Aug. 3 thru Aug. 13, 2013. Notice, once again, Ohio's temperatures in green are expected to average between 3 and 5 degrees below normal.
Graphic 2: Average temperatures for Aug. 3 through Aug. 13, 2013 (WeatherBell Analytics)
This doesn't mean we won't have great beach weather. It just means we will not likely see any major heat wave between now and the middle of August. It also suggests temperatures in northern Ohio will spend much of their time in the 70s and lower 80s. That's not bad. That's all for now.