Missouri Extreme Heat

Stagnant air undermines progress torward clear air in St. Louis.

More than 170,000 people in Missouri are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse.

Currently, Missouri averages 15 days a year with temperatures reaching extreme and dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to see more than 60 such days a year.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Missouri is projected to more than quadruple, from nearly 15 to more than 60 a year,.

 The strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

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