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West Virginia Extreme Heat

West Virginia is facing one of the top 10 largest increases in heat wave days by 2050 among the lower 48 states. The state could do more to address its future heat risks by doing a comprehensive vulnerability assessment and using it to create an adaptation plan.

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

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Is West Virginia Taking Action?

  • West Virginia has only assessed its future heat vulnerabilities in terms of ecosystems at risk; it has not taken a broader look at how increasing heat affects public health or other sectors
  • Like most other states, West Virginia has already done a lot to address its current extreme heat risks

Did you know...

  • West Virginia currently averages fewer than 5 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, it is projected to experience nearly 20 such days a year