Cleveland, Akron break records for hottest February temperature of all time

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At 2 p.m. today, both Cleveland-Hopkins and Akron-Canton broke their all time record for highest temperature ever in February. Before, Cleveland's hottest February temperature was 74 degrees, set back in 2000. Now, we set a new record...

Cleveland, Akron break records for hottest February temperature of all time

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At 2 p.m. today, both Cleveland-Hopkins and Akron-Canton broke their all time record for highest temperature ever in February.

Before, Cleveland's hottest February temperature was 74 degrees, set back in 2000. Now, we set a new record of 75 degrees, and are still climbing through 3 to 4 p.m. today.

Akron's hottest February temperature before today was 72 degrees, also set in 2000. Now, as of 2 p.m., it's 74 and still warming.

Temperature analysis at the time of the broken records.Kelly Reardon, cleveland.com 

This unseasonably warm weather is due to a combination of a few weather patterns, enough to cause this record-heat. First, a passing warm front Friday morning already pushed in hot air from the west. Second, strong southerly winds is further dragging in more warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. Southerly winds can have a serious impact on weather here in Ohio because our terrain is so flat.

Third, high pressure this afternoon means sunny skies, and plenty of sun means plenty of heat.

What do you think of this weather? Do you love the heat or are a little uneasy that you can wear a tank top in February?

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Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have!

Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.

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