While snow and a random 70 degree day is not out of the ordinary in Cleveland during the month of March, a heat-wave most certainly is. For a week now, Clevelanders have been enjoying weather that is more typical of mid-July, complete with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and summer-like storms and tornado watches. As it turns out, this is in fact one of Cleveland's hottest months of March on record.
Tuesday high temperature was recorded at 83 degrees, the average high temperature for mid-July in Northeast Ohio. According to the National Weather Service, Cleveland Hopkins Airport has had 7 days in a row where the temperature has surpassed 70 degrees, which ties the record for most consecutive 70+ degree days which was set back in March 1945.
Today's high is likely to be around 80 degrees, and Thursday is also likely to be in the upper 70s. Rain is due to move into the area on Friday, but even still, the temperature should easily climb over 70. Should this play out as expected, March 2012 will officially become the hottest month of March on record in Cleveland ever.
Cleveland also reached its all-time warmest March day on Tuesday when it hit 83, matching its previous high set in March 1945.
Akron/Canton Regional Airport is also likely to set a record. The NWS reports that their record is 8 days in a row, which was set back in 1910. So far they've had 7 days in a row of 70 degrees or warmer this month.
Mansfield is also about to break their record of 5 days in March over 70 degrees.