The number of days with temperatures over 80 degrees has gone up by nearly a third. That's the latest finding of a new Brown University study.
This new analysis by Brown University backs up a study published last month that links climate change to higher rates of emergency hospitalizations for heat in Rhode Island. Now this study puts a number on just how much Rhode Island has warmed over the years: two and a half weeks more than in the 1950s and 1960s.
An average summer in the ‘50s and ‘60s included 54 days with temperatures over 80 degrees. That average has steadily risen. Since 2010 summers in the Ocean State have had an average of 71 days with heat indices over 80 degrees.
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