It turns out 2012 was one of the hottest on record in several Ohio cities.
Thanks to an unusually warm spring followed by a hot summer, Cleveland and Columbus both had their highest average annual temperatures this past year. Both cities broke records set in 1998.
Dayton and Cincinnati fell short of breaking their records. But it was still among the five hottest years those cities have posted.
State climatologist Jeffrey Rogers says more and more evidence points to climate change for the spiking temperatures and he says warmer temperatures in Ohio mean more rain
“We’re expecting that the temperatures will continue to rise and we’ll have more frequent heat waves such as took place in late June and early July of this year in Ohio. And we expect that precipitation will reach greater extremes too," says Rogers.
Last year, Ohio had an unusually warm spring followed by a hot summer. Several days in late June and early July topped 100 degrees in parts of Ohio.