Climate Friday | Extreme heat will become more common

45 of 50 states have warmed by at least 2 degrees in the past 50 years.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Although summer hasn’t officially started yet, we certainly felt the heat this week in Northwest Ohio.

Temperatures soared to nearly triple digits on Wednesday. The Toledo Airport Express reached a record 98 degrees, beating the old record from 1994 by 2 degrees.

Humidity creates a sultry sensation with heat ratings of 105-110. Extreme heat will become more common in the future due to climate change. Let’s talk about the link between summer heat and global warming:

Climate change has impacted almost every city, state and country in the world. The entire United States has warmed significantly, and Ohio’s temperature has risen 2.7 degrees since 1970. 45 of the 50 states have warmed by at least 2 degrees in the past 50 years.

While Buckeye State has felt a warming trend, the rise in temperature has been particularly significant in the Toledo metro area. Temperatures in the Glass City have risen 4 degrees since 1970, nearly double the warming of the rest of the United States.

If you’ve lived your entire life in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan, you’ve probably witnessed this trend. Temperatures will continue to climb through the 21st century, exacerbating summer heat.

Even if you appreciate the summer heat, the warming trend has had an impact on the elderly, the young and those with respiratory problems. Summer heat traps pollutants near the Earth’s surface, contributing to poor air quality.

Heat has a direct impact on the health of people with asthma and other lung conditions. Poor air quality can also impact young people, especially those involved in sports and recreation. This depletion of air quality will continue in the future due to warmer summer temperatures.

Summer heat is becoming more common and intense due to climate change. The OMCL 11 weather team predicts lower temperatures and humidity for Father’s Day weekend, but extreme heat will return next week.

Stay tuned to WTOL 11 for the latest 10-day climate forecast and information.

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