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Pennsylvania Extreme Heat

Despite having a large number of people at elevated vulnerability to extreme heat, Pennsylvania faces a generally modest threat from extreme heat. With several climate change preparation assessments already complete, Pennsylvania has done much more than the typical state to prepare for future extreme heat threats.

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

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Is Pennsylvania Taking Action?

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health keeps state-level statistics on deaths from exposure to excessive heat
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment includes extensive information on modeling of future temperature and projected impacts on different sectors throughout the state
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report contains a discussion of adaptation measures for infrastructure and public health sectors to address current and future risks

Did you know...

  • Currently, Pennsylvania averages fewer than 5 days a year classified as dangerous or extremely dangerous according to the NWS Heat Index. By 2050, the state is projected to face more than 15 such days annually
  • Pennsylvania has more than 315,000 people 65 and older, or under 5 years old, living below the poverty line, which is above average among the lower 48 states. These groups are considered to be especially vulnerable to extreme heat