Southern Nevada has among the hottest climates in the U.S. and has been identified as one of the fastest-warming regions in the country. And recent research predicts the region will experience a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events in the coming decades.
Increasing temperatures in the region are associated with and contribute to a host of negative impacts – from poorer air quality to added wear and tear on infrastructure. But, most importantly, studies have found a clear link between increasing temperatures and increasing heat-related deaths and hospitalizations.
Despite the history of adverse health impacts associated with extreme heat in our region, experts hold that many of these outcomes are preventable. Reducing future adverse outcomes require developing effective and coordinated responses, as well as improving the awareness of public health officials and the general public about the health risks associated with extreme heat. This is especially critical in areas with populations most vulnerable during extreme heat events.
Through the development of a heat vulnerability index and map, the “Southern Nevada Extreme Heat Vulnerability Analysis” identifies areas in the region where populations are at high risk to extreme heat. Click here for the final report.