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Vermont Extreme Heat

Vermont has done well in preparing for its current heat risks, particularly with extensive communication materials for residents about extreme heat preparedness. Vermont needs to do more to prepare for future changes given that the average number of heat wave days is projected to increase from 10 a year currently to nearly 50 days a year by 2050.

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

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Is Vermont Taking Action?

  • The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources sponsored a Climate Change Adaptation Framework that discusses projected climate change-related risks and impacts to the state
  • The sector-level Adaptation White Papers discuss climate changes across the state and address adaptation measures for transportation, water, and health sectors
  • There is no evidence that Vermont has a detailed, statewide vulnerability assessment or has a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan across sectors examined

Did you know...

  • Currently, Vermont rarely experiences days when heat exceeds dangerous levels. By 2050, it is projected to see only an average of 5 danger days a year
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Vermont is projected to increase from slightly more than 10 to nearly 50 days a year