Climate can broadly be defined as the average weather (i.e., temperatures, precipitation, and wind) measured over a long period of time, ranging from months, seasons, to years. Persistent changes in a climate's measured mean and/or the variability of its properties is referred to as climate change, which can be attributed to changes in atmospheric composition (IPCC, 2018). A changing Climate can have a variety of impacts in weather patterns causing extreme temperatures and precipitation events.
The East Central Florida region is no stranger to shocks and stressors, like hurricanes, storm surges, flooding, extreme heat, and sea level rise, to name a few. Yet, in many ways, it is due to the region's unique traits, such as a subtropical climate, 119 miles of Atlantic coastlines, and rapid growth and development, among other characteristics, that also makes this area so vulnerable to local, global, social, and natural challenges. It is because of these challenges and opportunities for change that the adequate implementation of resilience measures and approaches are pursued and encouraged by the R2C. As a program of the ECFRPC, the Collaborative continues to work with partners to identify and refine climate indicators. The aim is to unify the region, assess priorities and investments to mitigate climate-related impacts and prevent worsening scenarios, evaluate estimated future conditions, and to share and compile resources for informed planning and prevention at all community levels.
Rising temperatures and extreme heat events can have severe impacts on our economy, natural and built environment, and physical and mental health. Click below to learn about the region's observed annual temperatures, heat projections, and the potential impacts heat can have on overall wellbeing.