Spring was in the air on Tuesday across northern Ohio has a surge of warm air propelled temperatures into the low 70s across the area.

The National Weather Service says the high temperature hit 73 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. this afternoon at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, surpassing the old record high of 69 degrees set on this date in 1930.

The last time we saw a warmer temperature in the Cleveland area since the fall was on October 22, 2017, when high was 79 degrees.

WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling added Tuesday was also the warmest day ever in February since records began in the Cleveland area in the late 1800s.

Other records high temperatures set across the area include the following locations:

  • Akron/Canton Airport: 84 degrees (old record was 67 in 2016)
  • Mansfield Lahm Airport: 72 degrees (old record was 66 degrees in 2016, 1930)
  • Youngstown Municipal Airport: 73 degrees (old record was 65 degrees in 2016, 1939)
  • Toledo Express Airport: 70 degrees (old record was 66 degrees in 1930)

The unseasonable temperatures were in advance of a cold front that will eventually bring cooler temperatures to the area by late Wednesday, although temperatures will creep toward 60 degrees before the cold front passes.

At this point, the record high of 70 degrees on Wednesday is unlikely to be touched.

So, enjoy the unseasonable temperatures while they last, but keep the umbrella handy as rain is also in the forecast through the weekend.