Get ready for hot weather that will make Ohio feel like part of the Deep South.

And get ready for a smaller — and muddier — Lake Erie.

The effects of global warming are on the way, climate scientists predict. It likely can’t be stopped, but action can be taken to keep it from getting worse.

Don Wuebbles, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois, says global warming is likely to make summer temperatures in the Midwest 5-15 degrees hotter in the summer.

“Michigan becomes more like Alabama and Arkansas,” Wuebbles explained. As the Earth heats up, global warming is expected to raise ocean levels, inundating coastlines, but lower the levels of the Great Lakes.

The oceans are expected to rise because much of the water now captured in ice, such as the glaciers of Greenland, is expected to melt, releasing more water into the ocean.

The shrinking of the winter ice cover over the Great Lakes, also caused by warming temperatures, will have the opposite effect. More open water means more evaporation, removing water from the lakes, Wuebbles said.

Wuebbles said new research on the effects of global warming on Lake Erie, to be discussed in a paper being prepared for submission to the Journal of Great Lakes Research, suggests that Lake Erie’s water level could fall as much as 1.2 feet by 2050.

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