Currently in Los Angeles — October 4th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Warmer temperatures are already returning to LA

Welp! In the last couple of days, you’ve probably readjusted to cooler weather, but a high pressure system is building and will push temperatures back up this week. Tuesday won’t be so rough. The morning will be pretty cool, with temps hanging around the mid-60’s to low 70’s, but in roughly an hour or two beginning around 10:30 AM, highs will quickly shoot up to reach about 86°F in Downtown LA. With the bright sunshine, that should be expected. Our warmth holds strong until sundown, when lows float back down to about 63°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Scientists have found that nearly a third of the metropolitan areas on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of at least half of their hospitals enduring some flooding during a hurricane, according to a recent study published in GeoHealth.

There is 0.82 meters of sea level rise expected during this century due to climate change. This increases the odds of hospital flooding, for example, by 22%.

The areas with the greatest risk are located in hurricane-prone states – like Florida and Texas. Cities like New York and Boston, however, are still vulnerable, especially as they lack some of the infrastructure of their more prepared, southern neighbors.

As climate change continues, hurricanes will intensify and the risk of flooding will increase, limiting access to the basic needs that many have become accustomed to, like hospitals or medical supplies.

“Hurricanes are enormously disruptive to health care access,” Aaron Bernstein, an author of the study, told Inside Climate News. “And I think this paper underscores how we need to reconcile this reality with the realities of what health care delivery looks like in our country, which is highly fragmented based on networks of care and insurers.”

While changing the injustices embedded in the US’s current healthcare system is a long-term goal, it’s important to have a warning and evacuation system for both yourself and your community so that when a climate disaster strikes, no one is left behind.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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