(WICHITA, Kan.) — This week Kansas is facing four days of triple digit weather and it’s only the second week of summer. While Kansas has a history of long hot summers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says 100 plus-degree days will become more common by the end of the century.
NOAA says, “As greenhouse gas emissions and the planet’s temperature continue to rise, models project that heat waves will become more frequent, more severe, and longer-lasting.”
Between 1961 and 1979, California, the Southwest and Southwest Plains experienced temperatures over 100 degrees for enough days to add up to several weeks during the year. The temperature for the Great Planes region, which includes Kansas, has increased 1.5 degrees since a 1960-1979 baseline.
This year Wichita has seen the third most days on record for temperatures at or over 100 degrees. The temperature for the Great Planes region is expected to increase between 2.5 degrees to more than 13 degrees in the next century compared to the 1960 – 1979 baseline.