Climate Central’s analysis shows how much hotter parks are projected to get later this century.

Urban Heat Islands

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

Texas is home to 9 of the hottest cities in the U.S., with McAllen in the 2nd slot.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Texas currently averages more than 60 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, the state is projected to see 115 such days a year, second only to Florida.

Heat itself is one of the leading weather-related killers, and it’s also a significant contributing factor in creating ground-level ozone, which is a serious health hazard.

Nearly 840,000 people living in Texas are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. 

Texas currently faces the worst threat from widespread summer drought among the lower 48 states. By 2050, the state is projected to see an increase in severity of approximately 75 percent.

Climate Central analysis shows that the number of large fires on Forest Service land is increasing dramatically. 

More than 18 million people living in Texas, or 72 percent of the state's population, are currently living in areas at elevated risk of wildfire. By 2050, Texas is projected to top the nation with the worst overall wildfire threat. 

texas inland flooding

Heavy downpours are on the rise across the U.S.

It’s not just April showers: more water can evaporate into a warmer atmosphere at all times of the year, and what goes up must eventually come down.

Climate change causing more nuisance flooding in Texas

Today, Texas has 127,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, an additional 117,000 people are projected to be at risk due to sea level rise.

Atlantic hurricane season is seeing more major storms

Sea level threats down to zip code

Type a coastal place name in Texas and find local projections, maps and potential impacts on people, infrastructure, and much more with our interactive tool

Since 1950, human-caused global sea level rise has tipped the balance to account for two-thirds of coastal flood days in the U.S., according to our latest sea level rise analysis.

Historic carbon emissions have already locked in enough future sea level rise to submerge most of the homes in each of several hundred American towns and cities, according to Climate Central-led research.

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