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.