America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Iowa Extreme Heat

Heat wave days are expected to jump from 10 a year to more than 60 a year but heat-related actions in Iowa are focused only on the risk today.



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


Is Iowa taking action?

  • The state is working to understand its future heat risks, as evaluated in the Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Report
  • Like most states, however, Iowa has not taken any action to plan or implement adaptation measures for future heat

Did you know...

  • Iowa currently averages fewer than 5 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, the states is projected to see almost 40 such days each year
  • Des Moines is already an urban heat island, where urban summer temperatures can average more than 20°F hotter than nearby rural temperatures