Oklahoma 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.

Nearly 120,000 people living in Oklahoma are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Currently, Oklahoma averages 50 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, Oklahoma is projected to see more than 90 such days annually, the fifth greatest number of danger days among the lower 48 states.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Climate Central’s analysis of the Urban Heat Island effect in 60 of the largest continental U.S. cities makes it clear just how big the gap between urban and rural areas can be during the summer.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

Oklahoma

Warming Could Bring More Downpours Like OKC’s

Heavy downpours are something Oklahoma, along with the rest of the nation, could expect more of as the world warms and the atmosphere sucks up more moisture... More

Kansas

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains... 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

New York

Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme. It Could Become Normal

The risk posed by future storms like Sandy is only going to increase due to climate change. The potential for stronger storms and rising seas mean Sandy-level flooding could could occur once every 23 years as opposed to once every 400... More

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