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Summer Weather Forecast For Northeast Ohio: See Daily Prediction

Patch logo Patch 5/6/2021 Chris Mosby
a group of people standing next to a body of water: Summer should bring plenty of rain, but also sunny days to Northeast Ohio. © Courtesy of Rick Uldricks Summer should bring plenty of rain, but also sunny days to Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND — With the official start of summer just weeks away, planning has begun for the residents of Northeast Ohio who look forward to the warmer weather and increased opportunity for outdoor fun.

Specific, long-term weather predictions can help with that planning, and the private weather company AccuWeather has released its 2021 summer weather forecast.

Daily forecasts for Northeast Ohio are listed until early August. After that, AccuWeather lists the historical average temperature for the rest of the summer.

The Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley will see frequent thunderstorms during early summer, keeping temperatures cooler than usual. As summer progresses, temperatures will gradually climb into stifling territory.

There's a moderate chance of severe thunderstorms causing damage to parts of Ohio, particularly the western half of the state, according to AccuWeather.

Based on the long-range AccuWeather forecast, June will see frequent rain and thunderstorms in Northeast Ohio, which will prevent temperatures from ever breaking 90 degrees. June's monthly highs could be in the mid-80s, with most days hovering in the 70s.

July should see at least a few days hit the 90-degree mark, but most days will see highs in the low to mid-80s. July 4th should be a sunny, mid-80s day, allowing for parades and outdoor cookouts around the region.

Nationally, AccuWeather predicts an eventful summer similar to the 2020 season, which brought record-breaking deaths and damage in the form of wildfires and hurricanes.

Meteorologists are also expecting the return of derechos, a weather phenomenon sometimes referred to as an “inland hurricane.” The term became more widely known about last summer when one swept through Iowa with winds faster than 100 miles per hour on August 10.

“We are still very nervous about the possibility of derechos developing based on the pattern that we’re forecasting” Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s chief long-range forecaster, said in a statement.

This year, the most extreme weather is expected in the early fall, Pastelok added.

Although the number of tropical storms is predicted to be down from recent years, AccuWeather says tornadoes are likely to be on the rise from May until July.

Pastelok said anywhere from 1,300 to 1,400 tornadoes could be reported by the end of the year, a slight increase from 2020.

“Across the Plains, we’re still going to be watching for the possibility of a flare-up of storms, mainly central areas on north during the month of May, June and early July,” Pastelok said in a statement.

These storms are expected to extend farther east than normal, Pastelok added, due to drought conditions that range from Montana to the Texas Panhandle.

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