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Climate Central’s analysis shows how much hotter parks are projected to get later this century.

Arizona faces a dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity.

More than 200,000 people living in Arizona are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Phoenix is the 2nd fastest-warming city in the U.S.

Arizona is currently the fourth-fastest warming state in the country based on warming rates since 1970.

While the warming of the normals can look subtle, it also means a substantial increase in the incidents of extreme heat and a decrease in the frequency of extreme cold.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Arizona already averages more than 50 dangerous heat days a year, the second highest in the nation. By 2050, Arizona is projected to see almost 80 such days a year.

By 2050, the severity of widespread summer drought is projected to more than triple in Arizona, the second largest increase behind Washington.

If upstream states continue to be unable to make up the shortage, Lake Mead, whose surface is now about 1,085 feet above sea level, will drop to 1,000 feet by 2020. Under present conditions, that would cut off most of Las Vegas’s water supply and much of Arizona’s. Tuscon gets almost all their water supply from the Colorado River, while Phoenix receives about half its supply from the river.

Climate Central analysis shows that the number of large fires on Forest Service land is increasing dramatically. 

By 2050, Arizona is projected to see 115 days with high wildfire potential, second only to California. 

Almost 2.9 million people living in Arizona, or 45 percent of the state's population, are at elevated risk of wildfire.

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Arizona

Climate Change Worsening Colorado River Droughts

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California

Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

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