Extreme temperatures have blanketed New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and other northeastern cities raising doubts that heat days might become a regular occurrence in near future and bring to end the precious rituals of winter mornings to peer out the window to witness a flurry of snow.
Temperatures on Thursday rose more than 90 degrees and many schools in the region, where air conditioning is not the norm, either dismissed students early or remained closed. Several schools canceled their sports too.
In New York City the schools functioned as scheduled. Thanks to the $29 million investment by the city to install air conditioning units in classrooms. The project is to be completed by 2022 and presently 80 percent of the schools have been covered.
President of New York State united Teachers, Andy Pallotta, has asked the school administrators to come up with plans for such excess heat as it is very hot, heat indexes showing 100 degrees from Long Island to Central New York, and kids are lethargic.
New York State United Teachers is the state teachers’ union and it is pushing the authorities to bring legislation to shut down classrooms if inside temperatures climb above 88 degrees.
Meanwhile, teachers in the northeastern region voices internal temperatures are more than 100 degrees and it is difficult for the students to flag attention in such hot days. As of now no organization is tracking how many schools or districts have installed air conditioning systems in the classrooms.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Protection Center says the month of September is likely to be hotter than average and those schools, like in the areas from Maryland to Pennsylvania to Ohio, which are not accustomed to such hot days have been closed.
However, the solution is not installing air conditioning systems. This is just the beginning of the effects of global warming. In about a decade the students may have been experiencing a difference in the number of heat days in a year. Then it could be about 12 days while by the end of the century the number is expected to increase as much as 33 days. This mean number of extreme heat days to rise sharply during school year.