Little League, Big Heat
By Climate Central
Extended streaks of heat have huge impacts on sports camps and activities. The 16-team Little League World Series (LLWS) starts August 16 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and ends August 26. Since the first LLWS in 1947, the average summer temperature in Williamsport has risen 1.5°F, and this climb in average summer temperature can give rise to a larger increase in extreme heat. To combat heat-related illnesses to the players, hydration and frequent breaks are vital, as the body has to work harder to cool itself when exercising in the higher temperatures of summer.
Methodology: The Little League World Series analysis is the average summer (June, July, August) temperature each year in Williamsport since the first tournament was played. Heat and health statistics are from the National Federation of State High School Associations.