Heat waves are a sign of “creeping changes” in climate, expert says

Reprodution Michigan Public

There’s no easy way to say it: the heat is only getting worse.

Extreme heat events in the Great Lakes region will only become more frequent as climate change warms the oceans, lakes and air, a University of Michigan climate expert said. And the earlier that heat waves start each season, the more there may be in the months to come.

Richard Rood is a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. He said extreme weather will change what feels “normal” for each season.

“What will be normal for the next 20 to 30 years is that things are changing,” he said. “We’re not just taking a step to a new normal.”