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Get ready for (another) hot, hot summer.
The climate crisis is raising global temperatures to new extremes, and this year will be no exception.
Already, South Asia is enduring a record-breaking, prolonged heat wave that began in March.
In the CDC’s words, this is when the “daily maximum temperature is above the 95th percentile value of the historical temperature distribution.”
Humidity can also make a difference, as it’s harder to withstand high temperatures coupled with high humidity.
Here are 4 key takeaways from the CDC’s report on this summer’s heat:
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This includes Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
The 203 counties that will have 5 or more extremely hot days in May share the following traits:
- 68 percent of counties do not have adequate tree cover for people living there.
- 66 percent are home to a high number of people who do not have health insurance.
- 36 percent are home to a large number of people who live in poverty.
Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska are likely to experience temperatures 3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than average.
Actual temperatures could fluctuate slightly from predicted forecasts. But if this summer is anything like last summer, we could be in for extreme heat waves and more frequent natural disasters — both worsened by climate change.