extreme heat

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July was the hottest month on record for the planet,  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year is shaping up to be one of the warmest on record — that means since the late 1800s.

Georgia is no exception to the trend of blistering heat, with Atlanta temperature milestones rising roughly 20% compared to the previous decade, according to Climate Central, which is an independent organization based upon the research and general impact of climate change. Savannah and Augusta had one of their hottest years in history in 2017.

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Intense heat is getting worse with climate change as small increases in temperature can magnify extremes, according to a study by Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists reporting about climate change and its public impact.

Around the globe, it’s been another summer of blistering heat. Just last month, GPB reported that Georgia could see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

That’s compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is headed to Washington D.C. Wednesday to testify in front of a Senate committee about the city’s plans for climate change.

Other Georgia municipalities across the state are dealing with higher temperatures and extreme weather. Southern leaders, regardless of politics, are now taking actions to mitigate local effects of climate change, all while the federal government continues to roll back protections.


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Georgia will see more days of extreme heat as the climate continues to warm.

A study by the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists finds that if nothing changes, the state will see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century.

That's compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.