Regions of Colorado have experienced between 0.5 degrees to more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit of warming between 1986–2016 compared to 1901–1960. All climate models project that Colorado’s climate will warm substantially by 2050.
This warming will drive longer, hotter, and more intense heat waves, which increase the risk of heat stroke and other illnesses that can cause premature death. Young people, older people, people with existing health conditions, and those who work outdoors are most affected by rising temperatures.
To further understand the impact extreme heat is projected to have on our state, visit our Extreme Heat maps. These maps show, at the census tract level, the impact our GHG emissions are projected to have on Colorado by mid-century and communities at risk of experiencing extreme heat if we continue with the status quo.