Rhode Island Extreme Heat

Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

Urban Heat Islands

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

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises.

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Rhode Island is projected to quadruple from more than 10 to approximately 40 days a year.

More than 25,000 people living in Rhode Island are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

As summers get hotter under the planet’s growing blanket of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, the worst of it will happen downtown rather than out of town.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

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