One California County Among “Most Vulnerable” to Extreme Heat
The Biden administration has launched a new website to provide timely and accurate information on health risks related to extreme heat. Heat.gov includes maps showing the future impact of rising temperatures across the United States. It also provides a list of vulnerable areas.
Among the 10 counties “most vulnerable” to extreme temperatures is Imperial, east of San Diego. It’s the only California county on the “most vulnerable” list. The nine others are in the southern U.S. or Texas.
According to projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Imperial County’s hot days (over 95 degrees) are projected to increase from 147 days per year to 182 days per year.
Imperial County already suffers from a disproportionate share of heat-related illnesses. From April 10 to July 23, 2022, a total of 96 heat-related illnesses were reported by local hospitals, according to Imperial County Public Health.