America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Colorado Extreme Heat

Colorado faces a lower threat level from extreme heat than most states; still, by 2050 heat wave days are projected to jump from about 10 a year to nearly 50. Colorado has done more than most states to understand its projected climate change-related threats and to begin to plan for them, but as with most states, there is no evidence that Colorado has begun to implement adaptation strategies.



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


Is Colorado taking action?

  • The Colorado Climate Plan includes strategies to address future changes in extreme heat and its impacts
  • Like most states, however, there is no evidence to date that Colorado has implemented any of these plans

Did you know...

  • The number of days above 95°F each summer in Denver has approximately doubled since the 1970s
  • Colorado summers have warmed more than 2°F on average over that time
  • The number of dangerous heat days Colorado experiences each year is projected to increase by about 50 percent by 2050