Heating up close to records, plenty of sun for Memorial Day 2018: Cleveland, Akron weather forecast

May 27, 2018

Heating up close to records, plenty of sun for Memorial Day 2018: Cleveland, Akron weather forecast

CLEVELAND, Ohio – With the help of extremely sunny skies, Memorial Day in Northeast Ohio is going to be roasting as temperatures near historical records. Both Cleveland and Akron could hit near 90 degrees – and it won’t be a dry heat.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your holiday.

The entire day is going to feel hot and humid. Only early birds will hit temperatures around 70 degrees, but by late morning and the afternoon, expect it to feel scorching. Cleveland will reach around 88 degrees, and Akron 91 degrees. That’s not far off from Cleveland’s record of 92 degrees set in 2012, which also stands as the hottest Memorial Day since at least 1970. Akron’s record for Monday is 93 degrees set in 1911, according to the National Weather Service.

It wouldn’t feel so bad if it weren’t for high dew points in the 60s, which signal lots of moisture in the air. The combination of high heat and humidity will create a heat index, or feel-like temperatures, degrees higher. 

The day is looking very sunny, but some high-resolution models suggest a random pop up shower or two can’t be ruled out south; closer to Akron.

Anyone hosting a party with tents or other light objects for barbecues or time at the pool, there’s no worry for strong winds blowing your event apart. Across Northeast Ohio, except for directly bordering the lake, winds should stay below 10 mph. But sadly, that won’t give much relief from the heat.

Check out the forecast:


Precipitation chances


Sunrise: 5:57 a.m.

Sunset: 8:51 p.m.

Pollen level: 8.6/12, medium-high for grasses, mulberry and hickory

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 @KellyRWeather.