Louisiana Extreme Heat

Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

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.

New Orleans is the 15th hottest city in the U.S.

More than 160,000 people living in Louisiana are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Today, Louisiana averages 35 days a year when heat exceeds dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to average nearly 115 danger days a year.

Louisiana is projected to see one of the nation's largest increases in heat wave days by 2050.

The strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. 

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

Florida

Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk

Compound flooding, when heavy rains and storm surge combine, is an increasing risk for U.S. coasts... More

Louisiana

The Fuel Behind Louisiana’s Torrential Rains, Floods

Such heavy downpours are expected to happen more often and be more intense as the world heats up due to the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere... More

New York

As U.S. Coastal Cities Swell, Rising Seas Threaten Millions

A combination of rising populations and rising seas could see millions of Americans living in homes that flood regularly during the decades ahead... More

Pennsylvania

U.S. Airports Face Increasing Threat From Rising Seas

The threat isn't that sea level rise will gradually breach the defenses surrounding each airport. Instead, at least during the next few decades, scientists say that sea level rise will be more of an enabler of storm-surge flooding, making it easier for even minor storms to produce more damaging surges and flooding... More

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