Washington Extreme Heat

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

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.

See more 100 year temperature trends for 59 National Parks.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises.

More than 150,000 people living in Washington are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Washington currently averages 5 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, it is projected to see 10 such days a year.

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

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?


Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

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Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Spring and summer — two key seasons for wildfires — have warmed 2.1°F across the West, on average... More


West Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change

The types of storms that brought heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent... More


Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

Smoke from large wildfires is obscuring some of the stunning vistas that inspired the preservation of these places and the creation of the National Park Service in the first place... More

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