Baseball season is upon us, and Reds fans can’t wait to see their favorite players hit the field this year. Unfortunately, the weather will not be the best in Cincinnati.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM on Thursday April 1, 2021. In what will feel like an “April Fools’ Joke”, temperatures will struggle to climb into the 30s for the day. With gusty winds out of the northwest, the wind chill will be in the 20s. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a chance or a few flurries or a passing snow shower into the early evening.
While that may seem extreme, the Reds Home Opener has seen cold and snowy days before.
The coldest Opening Day in Reds history was on April 16, 1935 with a temperature of 38 degrees. This year will come close to that, so the record is at risk of being broken.
The snowiest Opening Day in Reds history was on April 7, 1977. Players woke up to roughly 3 to 4 inches of snow on the ground. According to the The Enquirer in Cincinnati, 60 grounds crewmen shoveled the stadium to ensure the game would be played.
On the flip side, the warmest and wettest years on record were April 6, 1896 at 86 degrees, and April 3, 2000 with 0.89 inches of rain.
So if you are planning to head to the game Thursday afternoon, make sure you dress warmly with plenty of layers. After the first few innings, any chance of flurries will come to an end.