No question, Tuesday was a hot, hot, hot day.
How hot? Well, the 96-degree reading was scorching enough to shatter the date’s previous high of 93 degrees set in 1964.
The 96-degree mark was hit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and at Lorain County Regional Airport, according to Martin Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland offices at Cleveland Hopkins.
An excessive heat advisory was issued for the region at 2:15 until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
With highs expected to hover around 90 again today, common-sense steps are in order for anyone who may be susceptible to health problems from the heat.
People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, remain in air-conditioned surroundings if possible and remain out of direct sunlight.
Those working or spending time outdoors are advised to restrict strenuous activity to early morning or evening hours if possible, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioning.
Despite the intense heat, periods of such warm weather at this time of year are not that unusual, Thompson said.
“The early part of September can see some warm temperatures,” Thompson said.
Despite being September, the extreme heat does not qualify as an Indian summer.
“You generally have to have a freeze or frost first before you can call it Indian summer,” Thompson said.
The heat wave is expected to be a short one with forecasts calling for overnight lows around 68, with showers and thunderstorms likely after 2 a.m. Thursday is expected to bring highs around 80 under mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The weather service also is calling for overnight lows of 53 Thursday and 48 Friday.
Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI: The Splash Pad at Mercy Health and Recreation Center of Lorain County Metro Parks in Amherst will be open this week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Splash Pad will close for the season after Sunday.