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Climate Matters: Summer Heat Toolkit

PHILADELPHIA

Extreme heat is the clearest indicator of global warming. The connection has been made in numerous attribution studies as extreme heat events are becoming more common and extreme. We have created an extensive library of content for you to share on air and online.

Keep these resources handy throughout the summer.

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Extreme heat isn’t just a scientific variable to be measured and cataloged. It has very real consequences for society. Hotter and more humid summers increase the risk from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Higher summer temperatures will increase electricity use from air conditioning, causing higher summer peak loads and potentially stressing the power grid. And when heat gets extreme, highways and railroads can buckle, snarling transportation. If greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trends, these impacts will likely only get worse and become more frequent.


In this week's release, you will find:

  • Future Summers in Your City — Updated: We look at your market’s projected summer high temperatures for the end of this century based on current emissions trends and compare it to a city experiencing those temperatures today.
  • Hottest Days of the Year: We examine how many days a year exceed a certain threshold high temperature, based on your market’s climatology.
  • Danger Day: Based on the NWS definition (heat index above 105°F), we show how the number of hot and humid days are expected to increase based on current emission trends.
  • Fastest Warming States: See which states are warming the fastest and most during the summer with climate change. We can also examine how fast your market is warming at your request.

INTERACTIVE

SOCIAL SHARES

As climate change heats things up, see what summers in Philadelphia will feel like by the end of the century bit.ly/29L0oOa
via @climatecentral #climatematters

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See the trend in days with high temperatures above 95°F in Philadelphia bit.ly/29RfjsX
via @climatecentral #climatematters

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See the number of projected hot & humid danger days in Philadelphia with climate change bit.ly/29L2rBT
via @climatecentral #climatematters

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These states are warming the fastest during the summer due to climate change bit.ly/2a3nPBF
via @climatecentral #climatematters

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FULL RESEARCH REPORTS & METHODOLOGIES

Here are the comprehensive reports that correspond to this week’s graphics:

Future Summers in Your City
Hottest Days of the Year

Danger Days – More Heat and Humidity
Fastest Warming States