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


  • Photo courtesy Guian Bolisay/Flickr
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. 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.