May 10, 2024 - News

A long, hot summer looms

Illustration of a thermometer shaped like an upwards arrow, with the mercury rising.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A hotter-than-usual summer is likely in Ohio and many other parts of the globe, according to new forecasts and scientific research.

Why it matters: Extreme heat is a major public health threat and plays a role in droughts and wildfires.

  • Heat waves also threaten the reliability of the nation's increasingly strained electricity grid.

😬 By the numbers: Everywhere in the Lower 48 — except for North Dakota and some surrounding areas — is projected to be hotter than average, but with varying likelihood.

  • Ohio has a 40% to 50% chance of seeing abnormally hot temperatures this summer.

Flashback: Though much of the U.S. experienced heat waves and heat domes last summer, Cleveland remained largely immune.

What's next: Cleveland residents can expect some relief from the heat. The city's 18 pools and 22 spray basins open June 8.


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