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A Marine Heatwave Is Warming Up The Ocean Along The East Coast

Beachgoers enjoy a hot day along the Atlantic Ocean, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Beachgoers enjoy a hot day along the Atlantic Ocean, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States is experiencing a marine heatwave this summer. It’s part of a trend of warming ocean temperatures in the region over the past few years.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks to Glen Gawarkiewicz, an oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, about why the ocean temperatures are warming as well as what it means for ocean life and weather patterns.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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