Warmer temperatures delight residents of northeastern Ohio
NORTHERN TOWNSHIP – Township resident Donna Fleck played nine holes of golf on Tuesday before embarking on a three-kilometer hike on the walking trail through Price Park.
“I have a gym membership, but I hate to keep going when the weather is so good,” she said. “I feel like we’re in the Carolinas. I have the windows open at the house and I’m just going to enjoy it.”
North Canton resident Gale James arrived at the park with her daughter, Michelle, 3, to take advantage of the warmer weather as well.
“It’s so hard to believe it’s October, honestly. And with Christmas just two months away,… It’s just hard to believe,” James said. “I love it. But, global warming …?”
The Akron-Canton region experienced a warmer than normal September of about 2.4 degrees and the first week of October was 8.4 degrees warmer than normal, said Brian Mitchell, meteorologist in the Cleveland office of the National Weather Service.
Following:The “dog days of summer” are getting longer this year; the heat wave will stay
Following:Warning: poison hemlock is taking root in County Stark
While the normal temperature for this time of year ranges from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, the Akron-Canton area has experienced upper 70s temperatures every day for some time. The temperature even reached 80 degrees on Wednesday.
While the maximum forecast for Saturday is 74 degrees, the forecast for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday hovers around 80. The normal average temperature for this time of the month is 56 degrees, according to the National Weather Service records.
A temperature in the lower 80s won’t break the record, however. The weather record list peaked in the mid-1980s. The record temperature was 87 degrees on October 11 and 86 degrees on October 12, both in 1928.)
There’s no big drop in temperature expected anytime soon, so don’t put that summer wardrobe away just yet.
Warmer temperatures are expected to continue into November, forecasters say.
“The trend is above normal for the rest of the month,” Mitchell said. “The eight to fourteen day outlook keeps the Great Lakes above normal. Even a three to four week wait looks similar.”
He also has a tip: “Take advantage of it and enjoy it while it’s there.”