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San Antonio Summers Are Getting Hotter: What's At Risk?

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San Antonio residents are no stranger to high temperatures and humidity in the summer, but the city is seeing more triple-digit days.

According to recent climate models, a worst-case scenario for San Antonio projects that by the end of the century, the city could experience between 75 and 125 days each year of temperatures above 100 degrees.

As record-breaking heat brings more residents inside, CPS Energy says demand for electricity peaked at over 5,000 megawatts last week. San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has issued multiple heat advisory warnings this summer.

Heat waves like this are one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States. Locally, there were 60 reported cases of heat exhaustion in Bexar County between March and June 2018.

What other aspects of life are affected by the increasingly hotter environment? What's being done to better understand and deal with the warming effects of climate change?

What do you need to know about preventing heat-induced illnesses and who is most at risk? What precautions should San Antonio area residents take to stay safe from excessive heat?

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.