It’s time to raise a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade. You survived the second-hottest summer on record.

The National Weather Service says the preliminary data collected from June to August — what is considered to be the meteorological summer — show the average daily temperature in Akron was 73.9, making it the second hottest since weather records began here in 1887.

Meteorologist Mike Griffin of the National Weather Service in Cleveland said what was interesting about this summer was the fact that it was hot, but there was not a string of record-setting days.

“It was certainly toasty during the day,” he said. “But the overnight lows were not as cool as we would expect.”

The average daily temperature in Akron should be around 70 degrees; this summer was about 4 degrees warmer.

The hottest summer for Akron on record was set just two years ago with an average temperature of 74.2 degrees in 2016.

The National Climate Prediction Center says there is a “high likelihood of above normal temperatures” through Sept. 10. The outlook for fall and beyond looks to be hot, too.

The warming trend could extend well into the winter as “warm anomalies in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific this summer are indicative of a transition toward an El Niño in the coming months.” This usually translates to a warm winter in Ohio.

Griffin said it is certainly going to be hot leading into Labor Day as a “bubble of warm air” is setting up over the Ohio Valley.

“This will be sticking around for about five days,” he said.

Temperatures in or near the 90s are in the forecast through Wednesday. The high temperatures coupled with the humidity, Griffin said, will make it feel like it is 100 in some locations.

The forecast for Labor Day calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 90.

Craig Webb, who is ready to break out his winter parka, can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.