Atlanta is hot. Climate change is making it hotter. Across the Southeast, temperatures are going up and heat waves are getting longer and more frequent. But in many places, Georgians are adapting and working to help the people who are most vulnerable. This is The Heat Effect: How the climate is changing Georgia.

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Looking at the numbers

Atlanta can now expect an average of 18 more days of 90+ temperatures compared to 1970, based on the trend. Average summer temperatures have risen by 2.9 degrees since 1970, according to Climate Central.

The number of hotter-than-normal days has risen since 1970. The average low summer temperature, which occurs at night, has risen by 3.7 degrees.

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