CLEVELAND — It's going to be so warm in Cleveland on Friday that you may mistaken the last Friday of December for a week in April.
Forecast models are predicting temps will be around 59 degrees before temperatures take a drop to the 30s again this weekend.
Morning showers are expected to hit the area with some sun briefly appearing in the afternoon.
If you forgot what there is to outside because most of the winter so far has been seasonably cold, here are some options:
Take a walk into Cleveland's cultural history by walking through the gardens that show off Cleveland's 120 distinct ethnic groups. The 254 acres of the gardens span over Rockefeller Park and parts of University Circle. Throughout the gardens, statues of Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Confucius are situated along the park. There is a lot of activity in the park from jogging, walking, and bike riding to taking pictures and reading about the ethnic history in Cleveland. The proximity to University Circle allows you to take advantage of the Cleveland Museum of Art and dining options.
If you're not sure where you want to go, but getting outside is in your plans then exploring the city via bike is a great way to go. There are 250 bikes spread out over 29 bike stations. Rates vary from pay as you go at $3.50 to $15 for a full month. No matter where you're at in the city, a bike station is nearby. Get out and enjoy the fresh air and discover a part of the city that is only visible outside the car.
We all scream for ice cream
Hot or cold, rain or shine, everyone loves ice cream. But when the weather breaks, ice cream tastes a little bit better. What better way to enjoy ice cream than at the locally born and made Mitchell's Ice Cream. Seasonal flavors include Amaretto Cookie, Turtle Brownie and Tiramisu, just to name a few. After you get your ice cream, you can take a walk along Edgewater Park or a stroll around Ohio City.
Most people know about Little Italy and what it has to offer, but it's during the cold, winter months that walkable neighborhoods such as Little Italy are often forgotten. In this ethnic and historic neighborhood, visitors can have an authentic Italian meal at the many restaurants and pizzerias. You can eat pastries at Corbos and Prestis Bakery. Cigar shops, clothing boutiques, and art galleries line the brick streets. Come out to this culturally rich neighborhood for homemade cannoli, a slice of Sicilian pizza, or a glass of Chianti wine.