How extreme heat might change your kid's summers

Summers just keep getting hotter. Here’s what that could mean for the future of your child’s annual break.

Andra Brosy Chastain was considering an August family camping trip to a cabin near Sunriver in Central Oregon. She and her two young kids, ages 4 and 1, would meet up with another family for a week of hiking, swimming, and playing in the woods.

But nervous about extreme heat that many parts of the country have experienced, she decided to stay home in Vancouver, Washington, for the summer instead.

“In the last few years, it has become more obvious that we need to make vacation plans around the climate,” she says. “Now with the heat, it's happening more often. We just had three days with the temperature over 100 degrees, and this isn’t an aberration anymore. This is going to become the new normal.” 

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