CLEVELAND - The only way to describe this weather is H-O-T in Cleveland. In fact, record setting hot.
Temperatures soared across northern Ohio this afternoon to unusual warmth hitting 90 degrees at Cleveland Hopkins Airport at 4:37 pm EDT.
This equals the old record of 90 degrees set on this date in 1962.
By comparison, the normal high temperature for May 17th is 70 degrees which is only as cold as it got early this morning across the area.
The warm temperatures were being caused by a large ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the country bringing summer-like weather from the Great Lakes to New England.
At one point this afternoon, Boston was warmer than Miami.
Thursday will once again see temperatures in the 80s across northern Ohio along with an increasing threat of showers and thunderstorms as low pressure moves out of the Central Plains into the central Great Lakes.
The National Storm Prediction Center has placed northern Ohio under the "slight" risk of severe storms on Thursday from late afternoon through the evening hours. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats with the any storms that develop.
Temperatures will see a slight retreat to around 70 degrees on Friday before returning to the upper 70s, lower 80s by the weekend according to WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling.
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