CLEVELAND - This summer's sizzling weather has warmed Lake Erie to its hottest temperatures ever off Cleveland lakefront.
Kirk Lombardy, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said the water temperature reached 80 degrees on Monday, July 29th, at the five mile crib located just offshore of downtown Cleveland.
The Cleveland water department measures that water temperature daily at forty feet below the surface at the crib which is really only three and a half miles offshore.
The last time Lake Erie was this warm was August 10, 2001.
Normally, the water temperature peaks at an average of 79 degrees each year between August 16th and August 28th.
If August follows in the path of July which was 4.5 degrees warmer than normal, Lake Erie could warm even more. The warmer water has also helped limit algae bloom growth this year.