Extreme heat is taxing on our health, especially if we have prolonged exposure and less time for the body to recover at night. Our analysis of ‘heat streaks’ found that more than three-fourths (77%) of cities analyzed are experiencing longer stretches of extreme heat compared to fifty years ago.
Of the ten cities recording the biggest increase in their longest heat streak, eight were in Texas and all had increases of more than ten consecutive days.
Heat and drought usually go hand-in-hand in the summer. More than 95% of the West is in the midst of a drought.