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North Carolina Extreme Heat

Heat wave days in North Carolina are projected to quadruple by 2050. State hazard plans already address heat risks, but the state could do more to prepare for future risks.

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For more information on how prepared North Carolina is for its growing extreme heat threat, read the detailed state summary.

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Is North Carolina taking action?

  • The state has sector-specific programs in place that address its extreme heat risk and has statewide plans that discuss the impacts of heat-related illness
  • However, there is no evidence North Carolina is taking action to incorporate future projections of extreme heat into its state-level programs, investments, and activities

Did you know...

  • North Carolina currently averages about 10 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, the state is projected to see almost 60 of these days each year
  • Over the last 10 years, Raleigh - Durham has seen more than double the number of summer days over 95°F than in the 1970s
  • Raleigh is already an urban heat island, where urban summer temperatures can average more 15°F hotter than nearby rural temperatures