How many heat waves occur each year in the U.S.?



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    Heat waves are measured by consecutive days where temperatures reach 90 degrees and above coupled with stagnant air masses. Due to climate change, heat wave-related deaths are expected to rise from 700 annually to 3,000 or 5,000 by 2050. Heat wave deaths are preventable, yet affect children and the elderly the most. The 2nd link below features the U.S. heat wave timeline, starting in the late 1800s to present, describing the year, location, and severity of heat waves.

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