Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Record high to be just a memory

Bundle up for low in 20s by Saturday

The Cincinnati Enquirer
and The Associated Press

The Cincinnati area joined much of the rest of Ohio with record high temperatures Tuesday.

The mercury reached 79 degrees at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to AccuWeather.

That broke the previous record of 78 degrees set in 1987.

But unseasonably high temperatures are nowhere on the radar for the rest of the week, as the weather gets cooler and closer to normal for early November.

Area temperatures are expected to go downhill fast, with today's high expected to be 61 (with rain), and a 52-degree high predicted for Thursday. By Saturday, the high is expected to be only 47, and the low could fall into the high 20s late Friday or early Saturday.

"We've got a cold front that's coming into the region (Wednesday) that's going to bring an end to above-normal temperatures," said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Hrebenach.

Record highs were also set Tuesday in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, Findlay, Mansfield and Youngstown, the National Weather Service reported.

Cleveland had a high of 79 degrees. That broke the 77-degree record set in 1935. A 1964 record of 73 degrees was broken in Toledo, where the high also reached 79.

The temperature reached 77 degrees at the Findlay Airport, where the previous record was 74 degrees, set in 1964. At the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, the 77-degree high broke a 1990 record of 72 degrees.

Akron's high of 76 degrees broke the 1935 record of 75 degrees. And at the Mansfield Lahm Airport, the high of 76 degrees surpassed the 1964 mark of 72.

Much lower temperatures are expected statewide by the weekend, with lake-effect snow possible near Cleveland, forecasters said.

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