Kentucky Extreme Heat

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

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

With such a wide variety of climates across the park system, the country’s 59 National Parks all have different challenges to manage in the changing climate.

Kentucky is facing a dramatic rise in heat wave days in the coming decades, from about 15 per year today, to as many as 70 a year by 2050.

As the planet continues to warm from the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the temperatures that we consider to be normal are also rising.

More than 150,000 people living in Kentucky are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

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