Heat Waves in the U.S.: Record high temperatures spurring cities to take action
Cities across the U.S. are preparing for what could be a sweltering summer, enacting rules to protect people during heat waves and experimenting with
Cities across the United States are preparing for what could be a sweltering summer, enacting rules to protect people during heat waves and experimenting with new ways to communicate the risks of extreme temperatures.
The measures can't come soon enough, even with the official start of summer still weeks away.
More than a week ago, temperature records were set in Mississippi and Texas, after conditions reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas on May 21. That same weekend, a heat dome baked much of the Southeast up through New England.
It was the kind of early season heat wave that serves as an important reminder of the risks of extreme temperatures, said Kristina Dahl, a principal climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. And with heat waves becoming both more frequent and more severe because of climate change, Dahl said it should be a wake-up call for the entire country.
"Heat is dangerous no matter where you are or how used to it you think you might be," she said.