Heat Streaks are Stretching
Extreme heat is taxing on our health, especially if we have prolonged exposure to heat and less opportunity for the body to recover. Our analysis of ‘heat streaks’ found that 74% (180) of the 242 cities analyzed are experiencing longer stretches of extreme heat compared to fifty years ago.
Of the top ten cities recording the biggest increase in their longest heat streak, nine were in Texas and all had increases of more than ten consecutive days.
Many U.S. cities are implementing novel heat adaptation strategies. These strategies are especially important for low-income communities, outdoor workers and communities of color who are often more exposed to extreme temperatures and have less access to air conditioning.