Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Florida leads nation in risk of dangerous heat and humidity, surprises no one

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 5:25 PM

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In perhaps the least surprising news you'll read today, a new study has found that Florida tops the nation in number of metro areas expected to see a dangerous risk of heat and humidity by 2050. 

Climate Central's study has found that the 13 metro areas expected to see an increase in danger days — days where the heat index is past 104 degrees — are all in Florida. Those cities include Punta Gorda, Fort Meyers, Miami, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Naples, Lakeland, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota, Orlando, Palm Bay and Gainesville.

This is somewhat to be expected, as Miami already leads the nation in the number of days that top 90 degrees. 

According to the National Weather Service, heat is the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S., more than tornadoes, floods and hurricanes put together. 

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