According to Climate Central, there is now more CO2 in the atmosphere than at any point in at least the last two million years. And, the United States is heating up just like the rest of the world.
The country has warmed 1.3°F to 1.9°F since 1895, which seems like a small amount. But, it’s all pretty much concentrated out in the Southwestern part of the country. This means that places like Death Valley and other desert cities just keep getting hotter and hotter.
So, if you’re not a fan of heat then you’ll definitely want to ensure you familiarise yourself with the seven hottest cities in the US before travelling. It’ll help you avoid any super sweltering days this summer.
Hottest Cities In The US
According to climate data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Phoenix is the hottest city in the United States right now. The city has 169 days a year where the temperature reaches over 90°F. And, the highest temperature on record to date was a sweltering 122°F. That’s insanely hot.
Another city in Arizona took the No. 2 spot on the national list of the hottest cities in the US. Tucson’s temperature reaches over 90°F at least 147 days per year, which means that you can expect nearly four full months of sweltering heat each year. The normal mid-summer daily high? 100.2°F.
Las Vegas is smack dab in the middle of the desert, so it comes as no surprise that it’s one of the hottest cities in the US. It tied with Tucson in terms of the highest recorded temperature to date. Both cities reached 117°F at one point. But, the normal summer temperature is much higher here, reaching 104.1°F on average.
Ah, Texas. It’s a massive state and a beautiful one. But, it’s darn hot, y’all. Four Texas cities took the final four spots of our top seven list. Del Rio comes in at No. 4, with 134 days per year seeing temperatures over 90°F. As if that weren’t enough, the year-round average temperature is 81.6°F. It’s not sweltering but that’s still fairly warm.
Located on the western Gulf Coast in South Texas, Brownsville lies adjacent to the Mexican border. So, this city is pretty far south. While it’s not the southernmost city in the United States, temperatures still get pretty high, especially during the summer. The average mid-summer high temperature is 94.4°F.
Numerous tourists and even Texas locals head to San Antonio each summer to tour The Alamo. And, they’re met with insane heat. The average mid-summer high temperature here reaches up to nearly 98°F each day, with the average year-round high sitting at right about 83.5°F. It never really gets cold here.
Texas’ capital city is hot! Head to Austin during the summer and you’ll be “hotter’n blue blazes.” The city records 114 days per year with a temperature above 90°F, making it easily one of the hottest cities in the country. From June to September, the highs barely, if ever, make it below the 90s.