While summer days bring warm-weather activities we can’t enjoy in the winter, they also bring something else: heat. And climate change means average temperatures are getting hotter. The Midwest has warmed by 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 2000, and by the end of the century, temperatures in Illinois are expected to increase by 7 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
Just a few degrees’ change in average temperature greatly increases the risk and severity of extreme weather, heat, and drought. With rising temperatures come heat-related illnesses, ozone pollution, respiratory issues, and water and energy demand spikes.
While temperatures are already warmer during the summer, heat, drought, and air quality are particularly tough challenges that climate change is worsening. Learn why they’re important, how the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is working to mitigate these challenges, and what your community can do to prepare.