Although the calendar still says spring, in parts of Great Lakes Region, it is already summer-like hot temperatures , which has forced some schools to close their doors or to shift students to online learning.
Detroit Public Schools Community District closed its more than 100 school three hours earlier on Thursday, and it will do so again Friday. Temperatures in the Motor City are expected to reach near 90 degrees both days.
According to the district, indoor after-school activities are also canceled.
Detroit’s June 1 high temperature was a cool 82 degrees. In 1934, the city reached its highest temperature for that date.
Grand Rapids Public Schools in western Michigan canceled classes and all after-school programs on Thursday and Friday because of the extreme heat. Superintendent Leadriane Robert said that temperatures in some schools Wednesday were too high.
Roby stated that this not only creates a challenging learning environment, but also poses a safety issue.
In Pittsburgh, 40 public schools with inadequate air conditioning were subjected to remote learning on Thursday and Friday as part of the extreme heat protocol.
Philadelphia’s 90 schools will dismiss their students an hour early on Friday. Philadelphia aims to have all its schools air-conditioned within the next four years. City schools are about two weeks from summer vacation.
According to Steven Freitag, a National Weather Service meteorologist, relief will come in a few more days.
Freitag explained that the pattern is a large, stagnant one where the Great Lakes and eastern Canada are controlled by a high-pressure area. It’s a dry heat, nothing unusual. We haven’t gotten much rain. Also, the ground is also dry. Next week, we’re expecting a bit cooler air.
Detroit, Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, among other cities, were expected to experience highs just slightly above 90 degrees until Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, daily highs could reach 90 degrees or more in Indianapolis through Monday.