CLEVELAND - Dangerous heat returned to northeast Ohio on Tuesday and propelled temperatures to record setting levels again.
The National Weather Service says Cleveland broke another record at 3:58 p.m. this afternoon when the mercury rose to 98 degrees. The old record was 96 degrees set in 1931.
According to WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, Tuesday tied July 7th as the hottest day of 2012. Today marked the 11th new record set in Cleveland so far this year.
The area is also experiencing its third official heat wave this summer, when the temperature is at least 90 degrees for three days in a row. The longest heat wave Cleveland has seen so far has been from June 28th through July 2nd.
Toledo hit the century mark on Tuesday to break their old record of 99 degrees also set in 1931.
Temperatures elsewhere in northern Ohio were in the upper 90s, but were not record setters: Akron was 97 degrees, while Mansfield and Youngstown was 96 degrees.
A Heat Advisory was issued for much for the area through 9 p.m. Tuesday for heat indices in the lower 100s.
Kling says somewhat cooler temperatures are forecasted for Wednesday, although northeast Ohio will see highs in the mid to upper 80s.