Cincinnati Is Getting Hotter, Scientists Say

Aug 7, 2019

In a typical year, the Cincinnati region experiences roughly 17 days with a heat index above 90 degrees. The heat index accounts for what it "feels like" outside even if the actual temperature is slightly lower.

A group of scientists issued a report this summer saying that by the end of the 21st century, Cincinnati could see more than 90 days with a heat index above 90.

And there could be even hotter days, too.

From the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists: "Historically, there has been one day per year on average with a heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This would increase to 22 days per year on average by midcentury and 49 by the century's end. Of the cities with a population of 50,000 or more in the state, Cincinnati, Dayton and Middletown would experience the highest frequency of these days. Limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels would cap the frequency of such days at an average of 14 per year."

So, what’s causing this, and what can we do about it?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss is Union of Concerned Scientists Senior Climate Scientist Rachel Licker.

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