Massachusetts Extreme Heat

An increase in stagnant summer air is expected to continue across the U.S.

More than 140,000 people living Massachusetts are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. 

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.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Currently, Massachusetts rarely experiences days when heat exceeds dangerous levels. However, by 2050, it is projected to see more than 10 danger days a year.

Massachusetts is among the top 10 fastest warming states in the country, based on annual average temperatures since 1970.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

Massachusetts

New England is Wicked Dry Right Now With Little Relief In Sight

Boston just had its driest summer on record with precipitation more than 6.5 inches below average. It also had its hottest August on record, which has helped bake in the dryness... More

Massachusetts

Climate Change Is Coming For Your Maple Syrup

“In general over New York and New England, the season is now beginning about seven days earlier than it did 40-50 years ago and ending 10 days earlier."... More

North Carolina

Sinking Atlantic Coastline Meets Rapidly Rising Seas

New research using GPS and prehistoric data has shown that nearly the entire coast is affected, from Massachusetts to Florida and parts of Maine... More

Georgia

What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

Tinder-dry conditions that have resulted from months with little to no rain and toasty fall temperatures have allowed the fires to reach unusual heights. More

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