This month is shaping up to be the warmest October on record here — and that's not expected to change despite a pending cold front.
So far, this month is shaping up to be the warmest October on record, according to weather statistics.
Mark Adams, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Cleveland office, said data collected through Wednesday shows "we're 10.1 degrees above normal" for the month in the Akron-Canton area.
"We usually don't see departures (from the norm) that high," he said. "The fact that we're now over halfway through the month, that's a pretty substantial departure. A lot of times, you might see 3 or 4 or maybe even 5 degrees. But 10 (degrees), for lack of a better word, is a huge departure."
The mean temperature this month has been 64 degrees.
"That would put us, if it holds, at the all-time warmest October," Adams said, noting that the current record for warmest mean temperature in October is 59.6 degrees, set in 1900, 1920 and 1947.
For four days in a row in September, Stark County saw century-old records broken with the heat, a Canton Repository article shows. The temperature for the month was 4.1 degrees above normal, the article states.
Last month was pretty warm elsewhere as well.
"September 2017 was the fourth warmest September in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA scientists," NASA's Global Climate Change website shows.
Locally, a cool-down is on the way, but it may not be enough to bring the mean temperature for the month very much lower.
Adams said that despite temperatures expected to drop to normal and even below by the middle of next week, "we're still going to be looking at days where we're going to be getting high temperatures of 70 or better through Sunday."
The highs by next Wednesday are expected to be in the mid 50s "at most," he said, adding that a normal high for the Akron-Canton area is 57 degrees.
Adams said it's going to be cool at least through Oct. 28th, which is as far out as the forecast has been provided.
"Even if it stays cool those last three days, it's still not going to be cool enough," to bring down the mean temperature to below record levels, Adams said. "It's going to be a pretty high hurdle to get us out of the all-time record range."
Sunshine remains in the forecast through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service website. Rain is expected Monday as a cold front moves in. Weekend highs in the 70s are expected to be followed by a Tuesday high of just 61 degrees. The overnight low Tuesday night is forecast to be 43 degrees.
Weather service records, kept in this area since 1887, show the normal high at 60 degrees with the normal low at 41.
But no records are expected to be broken this weekend. The record high for Saturday's date (Oct. 21) is 80 degrees in 1920. Saturday's expected high is 75. (The record low for Saturday is 22 degrees, set in 1952.)
At 11:15 a.m. today, the Akron-Canton Airport was listing a temperature of 62 degrees under fair skies with winds out of the southwest at 14 mph. The expected high is 71 degrees with sunshine. But the temperature is expected to fall to just 45 overnight, rising again Friday to 71 and again, under sunny skies.
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