Phoenix ties for 3rd hottest city in U.S.Posted: Updated:
Just as a heat dome scorched the nation, ClimateCentral.org released its findings of the hottest and fastest-warming cities in the U.S.
No surprise, Phoenix makes the lists.
Phoenix tied Fort Myers, FL, as the third-hottest city in the nation, according to the organization's ranking.
Both cities saw an average annual temperature of 75.1 degrees during a period from1981 to 2010.
Tucson was 17th hottest at 69.4 degrees.
The hottest city was Miami, with an average annual reading of 77.2 degrees.
The study also looked at the fastest-warming places across the nation. Three Arizona communities are included in the list.
Phoenix ranked second and is getting hotter by an average of 1.12 degrees per decade. Prescott ranked fifth fastest warming at 0.89 degrees per decade and Tucson ranked seventh fastest at 0.8 degrees per decade.
"While the urban heat island may play a role, this pattern of warming - coupled with the trend toward rapidly warming nights - is consistent with the general warming coming from greenhouse gases," the authors said.
Reno, NV, was the fastest warming city at 1.39 degrees per decade.
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