Forecast Missouri 2050: Brutal temperatures and torrential rains

In July 1995, temperatures in Chicago sizzled above 90 degrees for seven straight days and hospitals were overrun with so many patients overwhelmed by heat-induced conditions that emergency rooms at 23 facilities had to shut their doors. More than 700 people died that week because of the scorching weather, according to the Center for Disease Control, and hundreds of other fatalities scattered the rest of the Midwest.

Get ready, Kansas City, because that type of disaster could become all too familiar in coming decades.

Yesterday the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report that suggests: “If our heat-trapping emissions continue unabated, heat waves like these are projected to become routine in Missouri.”

Thanks to global warming, it’s about to get a hell of a lot hotter in the uncomfortably near future.

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