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Check out these new ‘HeatRisk’ tools to stay up to date on US heatwaves

A map of the US colored in yellow, orange, red, and magenta to indicate areas facing health risks related to extreme heat.
This screenshot of the National Weather Service and CDC’s new HeatRisk tool reflects the severity of potential health risks from heat on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024. | Screenshot: National Weather Service

Extreme heat is in store for communities across the US this week, and the CDC and National Weather Service (NWS) have new tools to help people prepare for the health risks.

Heat is the top weather-related killer in the US, a threat that’s growing worse with climate change. But even though heatwaves kill some 1,220 people in the US, according to the CDC, the health risks can often fly under the radar. Heatwaves don’t necessarily illicit the same sense of urgency as tropical storms, for instance, which are named and categorized according to their intensity.

This year, it’s easier to see how any impending heat spell might impact your area thanks to HeatRisk tools launched by the CDC and NWS this year. You can head over to the HeatRisk…

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