Climate Central’s analysis shows how much hotter parks are projected to get later this century.
More than 25,000 people living in Montana are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.
Currently, Montana averages 5 days a year with temperatures exceeding dangerous or extremely dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected see nearly 15 such days a year.
Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises
Montana faces one of the highest overall threats in the country from widespread summer drought.
Montana is projected to see an approximately 95 percent increase in severity of widespread drought by 2050. Montana’s index of the severity of widespread drought is projected to be 143 by 2050, on a scale where a 100 represents the current worst threat to a state in the U.S. (currently held by Texas).
A Climate Central analysis shows that the number of large fires on Forest Service land is increasing dramatically.
Over the past 45 years, Montana has seen a larger percentage increase in the number of large fires than any other western state.
More than 600,000 people living in Montana, or 62% of the state's population, are living in areas at elevated risk of wildfire.
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