The summer swelter is here to stay, at least for the near future.
The National Weather Service predicts slightly higher-than-usual temperatures peaking in the 90s by Wednesday with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms throughout the week. Those showers, which could bring substantial rainfall in some areas, should do little to curtail the inaugural summer heat wave.
The recent heat should hold throughout the week into next Monday as a high-pressure system originating off the Atlantic coast surges through Ohio.
After that, meteorologists predict a small, slow-moving cold front now north of Lake Erie could offer some relief as it migrates south, but not for long.
“I’m thinking that the cool periods will be short-lived,” said Martin Thompson, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
Thompson said the jet stream should stay north for most of the summer, keeping cold Canadian winds at bay and thermometers rising.
He also said a hotter-than-usual summer is in order if current trends prevail, but he noted that a 90-day forecast into September gives little indication of how severe or mild this summer would be.
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