San Antonio Summers Are Getting Hotter: What's At Risk?
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?
- Brendan Gibbons, environment and energy reporter for The Rivard Report
- Mario Martinez, assistant director for the Environmental Health & Safety Division of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
- Jason Reyes, media and communications lieutenant for the Texas Department of Public Safety - Region 6
- Nora Castro, spokesperson for CPS Energy