Louisiana's summers are typically hot, but this summer has been worse than usual due to global warming causing a spike in temperature

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Although the summer season finally comes to a close at the end of September, students are still feeling the heat of one of the hottest Louisiana summers yet.

“This summer has actually been pretty hot if you ask me, especially just walking from one class to another, I’ll be soaked in sweat," LSU senior Saad Tanveer said.

As students find themselves sweating during their walks to class, they may also encounter rainfall, an element that contributes to higher humidity levels.

The increase in thunderstorms this past month followed a drought in June and July, where high temperatures were reaching over 100 degrees.

August provided no relief due to the humidity levels. They cause the body’s sweat evaporation process to slow down, making the air feel warmer.

Louisiana State Climatologist Dr. Brian Keim points to minimum temperatures in the early morning and late evening creeping up, which is part of a larger global warming problem.

“Winter temperatures are getting milder, and of course, our summers are getting a little bit hotter but mostly on the bottom end," Dr. Keim said. "But, this all fits this larger pattern toward increasing temperatures as the climate continues to change.”

However, the climate trends do not stop at Louisiana. The deficit of rain over the summer impacted all of eastern United States, which created a ridge of high pressure.

Temperatures are hitting higher numbers for each individual season as well, with milder winters than normal. 

With this in mind, Dr. Keim encourages us to wear loose fitting clothing, stay hydrated, and avoid the middle part of the day in order to increase our chances of beating the heat for the remainder of the summer.