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Kentucky Extreme Heat

Kentucky is facing a dramatic rise in heat wave days in the coming decades, from about 15 per year today, to as many as 70 a year by 2050. While the state has taken many steps to address its current risks associated with heat, it has done almost nothing to prepare for how climate change could exacerbate the threat from extreme heat.

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For more information on how prepared Kentucky is for its growing extreme heat threat, read the detailed state report.

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Is Kentucky taking action?

  • Kentucky has taken very few actions to understand how climate change could increase the extreme heat threat to vulnerable population throughout the state
  • The state has also not developed an adaptation plan that covers extreme heat or has created policies to improve climate change resilience
  • Kentucky provides preparedness communication materials to its residents, in particular those older than 65, to help prevent heat-related illness

Did you know...

  • Today, Kentucky averages less than 10 days a year when heat exceeds dangerous levels; by 2050, the state is projected to average nearly 50 danger days a year