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

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

More than 160,000 people living in Virginia are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

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.

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Virginia is projected to increase from more than 10 to nearly 60 days a year.

Currently, Virginia averages slightly fewer than 10 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, Virginia is projected to see such days quadruple to more than 40 days a year.

Cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside, a phenomenon known as an urban heat island.

In Virginia, there are more than 260,000 people living in areas at an elevated risk of inland flooding.

Across most of the country, the heaviest downpours are happening more frequently, delivering a deluge in place of what would have been routine heavy rain. 

According to the National Climate Assessment, the most extreme precipitation events (those in the 99th percentile of intensity) have increased in every region of the contiguous states since the 1950s.

Climate change causing more nuisance flooding in Virginia

Today, Virginia has 164,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, an additional 137,000 people are projected to be at risk due to sea level rise.

Atlantic hurricane season is seeing more major storms

The Pentagon

Will the Washington Monument face a watery future?

What will the nation's coastlines look like in the future, after global warming has had its inexorable, long-term effect on sea level rise?

Sea level threats down to zip code

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

Maps are one way to visualize sea level rise. Google Earth lets us put our research findings in three dimensions.

Virginia currently has approximately 450 square miles in the 100-year coastal floodplain. By 2050, this is projected to increase to nearly 600 square miles.

475.0 million gallons of sewage spilled in Washington D.C. after Hurricane Sandy.

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