2014-07-18

See How Blistering Hot Your City Will Get By The End Of The Century

Las Vegas will be the new Saudi Arabia.

The nation grappled with a Polar Vortex-esque weather pattern and unusually cool summer temperatures this week. So it may be as good a time as any to think about how much hotter it could get in the future.

To do this, Climate Central, a research and journalism organization based in Princeton, New Jersey, provides us with a handy new tool.

Its interactive graphic, embedded below, allows you to type in one of 1,001 U.S. cities and see how much hotter summers will become by the end of the century if nothing is done to stem global warming. To make the temperatures less abstract, the tool also compares your city’s projected summertime temperature in 2100 to a city where the average summer temperatures is that hot today.

On average, according to Climate Central, daytime summer temperatures will be 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer across U.S. cities. That translates to most cities in the U.S. feeling like Florida or Texas feel in the summer today.

For example, in the future, Boston will feel like North Miami Beach. And Las Vegas, where temperatures are projected to average an insane 111 degrees (hey, at least it’s dry heat!), will feel more like Saudi Arabia.

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10 Comments

  • ahbicr

    Everyone is always talking about this but it's just talk we have not made any improvements so far We need a way that will fix this or all of these cool programs people make to show how bad it is are wasted

  • Jiahua Lam

    Well, at least this means I can move to the northeast and still enjoy sub tropical climate. Probably one of the very few silver linings of all the coastal flooding, extreme weather patterns/disasters, ecological collapses, species extinctions, water shortages, and warfare that climate change is sure to bring over the next 100 years.

  • Let's stop pretending we have any ability to predict the future - the models being used are built on so many assumptions that are out of our control as to be useless. We can't even predict temperature 7 days away.

    At best, the models provide one of many possible scenarios.

  • Weather is erratic. Climate is not. Climate has been monitored for centuries, with a very clear trend over the last several decades. Just because a day one summer was unseasonably cool, or a week last winter was bitterly cold, does not refute a climate trend.

  • Leanne McKay

    It's not just that it will be hotter - fresh water will be much harder to come by.