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Bakersfield is known for a lot of things - being extremely hot in the summertime is one of them. According to a new study released yesterday, Bakersfield and the rest of California can expect things to get even hotter in the future, with heat waves lasting longer and threatening the lives of certain people as well.
The study, commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and prepared by researchers at Kent State University and The University of Miami, Florida, predicts more frequent and dangerous heat waves in California's future. Utilizing new and more comprehensive weather modeing techniques than have been used previously, they found that the incidence of hot spells lasting 10 or more days could rise by a factor of 2 to 10 by the 2090s. They predict this will have severe impacts on populations at risk, especially the elderly.
Longer, hotter, and more dangerous heat waves on the way