The record-breaking heat gripping Colorado is only becoming more common, and scientists say it's driven by climate change.
By the numbers: About half of the triple-digit days recorded in Denver in the last 149 years came since 2000, a new Axios Denver analysis of National Weather Service data shows.
- The other half came in a 128-year span dating back to 1872.
Why it matters: Meteorologists warned that the heat dome is producing "dangerous and potentially deadly" conditions, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.
- The heat exacerbates existing drought conditions — particularly in southern and western Colorado — and amplifies the threat of wildfires.
What's happening: Climate change is making the heat more severe than it otherwise would be, Freedman writes.
- According to research by climate scientist Michael Wehner of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, human-caused climate change is boosting temperatures by about 3 to 5 degrees during this heat wave.
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