Climate change means planning for further suffocating heat waves

Ben Bradford Jul 18, 2019
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A woman cools off in the fountain at Washington Square Park during the heat wave on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Climate change means planning for further suffocating heat waves

Ben Bradford Jul 18, 2019
A woman cools off in the fountain at Washington Square Park during the heat wave on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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A heat wave sweeping the Northeast through the weekend will make the nation’s capital feel just two degrees shy of the Mojave Desert — 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.

This kind of heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous, and — with climate change — it’s getting more common. Local governments are activating emergency plans, opening cooling centers and watching out for power outages. Climate change watchers expect the cost to rise.

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