Record-Breaking October Heat Waves in the Midwest


Benny Po, Staff Writer

A record-breaking heatwave that struck on October second has numerous schools from the south to the mid-Atlantic region closing down. Temperatures in numerous counties and cities have risen 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal October temperatures, setting record-breaking October temperatures in several states. Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, and Philadelphia are just a few of the states affected by the heatwave, and many cities in those states are potentially facing temperatures ranging from the high eighties to low one hundreds.

On Tuesday alone, 63 different October temperature records were broken from cities from the Gulf Coast up to the Northeastern parts of the United States. With over a quarter of the United States seeing temperatures in the nineties, it’s no surprise even more states are set to reach record-breaking temperatures by the end of Wednesday

While the temporary return of summer weather may be welcomed by some, many cities like Columbus, Ohio were completely blindsided by the sudden heat, and have been forced to cancel over a hundred schools over the past two days.

Fortunately, most of the sudden heatwave is expected to dissipate by Thursday, with most affected areas in the northern region predicted to drop by 20 to 30 degrees. However, much of the southern states hit by the heat can expect the warmth to last through Friday.