Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report.
The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat indexes above 100 degrees across the Midwest, from an average of six days to as many as 30 days.
Some top agriculture states could see nearly two month- worth of days where temperatures and humidity combine to create dangerous conditions for outdoor workers, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The report, entitled ‘Killer Heat in the United States,’ looked at 18 different climate models to project what heat indexes could be by midcentury and late century.
Researchers looked at future impacts across several scenarios – including if people took no action now to reduce heat-trapping emissions as well as taking slow or rapid actions.
The report shows that, with no action, nearly a third of America’s urban areas will face an average of 30 days of heat index above 105 degrees.
This heat is predicted to impact more than 90 million people – 100 times more people than see those conditions today.