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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

90-Degree Days in Cleveland Have Increased 300 Percent in the Last 50 years

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 10:37 AM

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"Hot in Cleveland" isn't just a cancelled television show or a terrible Tinder bio anymore, it's an apt description of our current climate.

Thanks to a new interactive feature provided by the New York Times, readers can compare how many days, on average, cities across the country could expect to see temperatures of 90 degrees or more in the year you were born compared to today. Checking out the results of Cleveland make climate change a hell of a lot harder to deny.

50 years ago, a Clevelander born in 1968 could expect to experience one day of above 90 degree weather. The New York Times anticipates a 300 percent increase with four above 90 degree days. It's important to note that this estimation of four is an average based on history and climate trends.

The reality is that Cleveland has already experienced nine days above 90 degrees since June. Compared to 1968, that's an increase of 800 percent.

The Times' projections target an average of 15 90-degree days by the 2070s in Cleveland, and that's probably on the low end. By 2050, Cleveland could see as many as 30 per year.

18 Cleveland schools closed today due to the heat as well as the Elyria City Schools and two others in Akron. We're not expected to see a cool-down until the third week of September, meaning our number of 90-degree days is likely to continue growing.

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