Atlanta 2040: What life will look like in the city’s third century

It’s gonna get hot

We’ll see more heat waves and more temperatures above 90 degrees—with more frequent and intense droughts. And when rainfall is heaviest, we could see more events like the 500-year flood of 2009. The combined effects of climate warming and—with more people living intown—a growing urban heat island will expose more people to heat-related health risks.

—Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences program