LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – A new study by climate researchers suggests California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas.

The trend contrasts with classic California heat waves that occur in interior desert and valley areas and typically have hot days and dryness and cooling at night.

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The study released Wednesday was conducted by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego. It will be published in the American Geophysical Union publication Geophysical Research Letters.

The researchers say the trend has human health implications for heavily populated coastal regions and could in turn trigger changes there such as in energy demand.

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