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Niraj Antani
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For the first two days of October, Columbus City Schools called off classes due to heat. A big part of the problem? Many of its facilities are not equipped with air conditioning.

When Shakira Franklin drives from West Baltimore to her job near the city's Inner Harbor, she can feel the summer heat ease up like a fist loosening its grip.

"I can actually feel me riding out of the heat. When I get to a certain place when I'm on my way, I'll turn off my air and I'll roll my windows down," says Franklin. "It just seems like the sun is beaming down on this neighborhood."

Moler Elementary, is one of several Columbus City Schools buildings that isn't air conditioned. The district is renovating some buildings through a levy approved in 2016.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Some schools throughout the state that don’t have air conditioning have been closed or are releasing students early because of heat. On Wednesday, Columbus City Schools joined the districts canceling classes entirely.

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Some Ohio cities are offering recreation centers, senior centers and other facilities as cooling sites to help residents beat the heat this weekend as temperatures are expected to be in the 90s and feel even hotter.

COTA Downtown/ Midwestern Heatwave

Jul 21, 2011

11:00... Can you think of a time you’ve taken a COTA bus downtown? Columbus dwellers use these buses to get to work, eat out, or see a theaters or plays. Today, we’ll talk about the most recent research that’s been done on COTA’s downtown transit with president and CEO of cota Bill Lhota. Guest:

  • Bill Lhota (COTA President and CEO)

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Forecaster Says Ohio Heat Wave Will Last Through The Week

Jul 5, 2010

The first full week of July will bring the season's first sustained heat wave. At the National Weather Service, forecaster Scott Hickman tells WOSU's Tom Borgerding afternoon high temperatures will climb into the 90s all week.


Hickman: Well, we expect hot temperatures when we get into July and August, but this is above normal with the temperatures pushing into the mid to upper 90s as we head into mid to late week.

Borgerding: So, it doesn't look like triple digits at this point?

Heat Wave Blankets Ohio

Jul 31, 2006

A quick look at the U-S weather map shows an area of extreme heat stretching from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Appalachian mountains. Temperatures in the mid-90s will be common in Central Ohio through at least Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of Central and Southern Ohio. Smog will also build during the hot spell.