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Texas Extreme Heat

Texas faces the worst extreme heat threat in the nation and yet the state is failing when it comes to addressing its heat risks. It is doing less than most states to cope with today's heat risks and has done almost nothing to prepare for its growing heat threat.

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

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Is Texas taking action?

  • Extreme heat is not covered in Texas's Emergency Management Plan, which means the state is already limited in the support it is providing for current heat risks
  • Moreover, the state has not conducted a statewide climate change vulnerability assessment or developed an adaptation plan that would help it prepare for its future extreme heat risks

Did you know...

  • Texas is warming faster than the entire U.S., on average, based on annual average temperatures since the 1970s
  • Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin have all seen an increase in the annual number of days above 100°F over that time
  • Texas currently averages more than 60 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, the state is projected to see 115 such days a year, second only to Florida.