CLEVELAND -- Once again, the Greater Cleveland area saw above normal temperatures and dry conditions during the month of June.
The National Weather Service said on Monday that Cleveland ended up 2.2 degrees warmer than normal. This is the fifth out of the last six months of above normal temperatures. The only cooler than normal month this year was in April.
"June wasn't as much above normal as March or May, but we continue to see temperatures warmer than they should be, " says WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling.
Last month, we had two official heat waves in Cleveland. Our first lasted from June 19th through 21st. The second was June 28th through 30th and has not ended yet.
In northeast Ohio, a heat wave is official when at least three consecutive days reach 90 degrees or hotter.
Kling says we are also hurting for rainfall. The month of June ended 1.39 inches below the normal value of 3.43 inches in a typical year. "The good news is we are nowhere close to the record driest or even the top 10 driest Junes," said Kling.
The driest ever June in Cleveland is .39 inches of rain set in 1919.
For the year, the area is just under four inches of rain below normal putting us in an "usually dry" pattern according to the United States Drought Monitor. Fire officials continue to warn of the dry conditions and to avoid the threat of accidental fires, especially over the 4th of July.
Elsewhere across northern Ohio, here is a look at how the major cities fared for June:
- Cleveland: +2.2 degrees | -1.39 inches
- Akron/Canton: +2.7 degrees | -2.12 inches
- Mansfield: +1.9 degrees | -2.23 inches
- Toledo: +1.6 degrees | -.65 inches
- Youngstown: +2.2 degrees | -1.16 inches