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Washington Extreme Heat

While Washington currently faces a below average extreme heat threat compared to other states, it has done little to address its current and growing future risks. Washington’s State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan does not cover extreme heat.

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

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Is Washington Taking Action?

  • While most states have already done a lot to address their current heat risks, Washington is lagging behind. Extreme heat is not covered in the State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • The state has started preparing for its future extreme heat events with the publication of its climate adaptation plan, but few programs exist that address the impacts of extreme heat on the energy, water, and health sectors

Did you know...

  • Seattle area summers have warmed by about 1.5°F since 1970
  • Washington currently averages 5 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, it is projected to see 10 such days a year