America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Virginia Extreme Heat

Virginia is one of a few states that have taken extensive action to prepare for their current extreme heat risks. It has begun to understand its future risks and plan for them, but has not taken steps to carry out the adaptation measures.



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


Is Virginia Taking Action?

  • Virginia's Final Report: A Climate Change Action Plan outlines projected climate changes associated with extreme heat risks
  • Virginia's Climate Change Action Plan calls for state agencies and programs to incorporate climate change projections into decision-making processes and investments
  • Virginia could do better by implementing more of the strategies recommended in its climate change adaptation plan

Did you know...

  • Currently, Virginia averages slightly fewer than 10 days a year classified as dangerous or extremely dangerous according to the NWS Heat Index. By 2050, Virginia is projected to see such days quadruple to more than 40 days a year
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Virginia is projected to increase from more than 10 to nearly 60 days a year