Although we are entering the final week of August, summer temperatures currently show no sign of dropping. Depending on where you live in the country, temperatures are still averaging in the high 80s or even the 90s, which makes fall feel like it is much farther away than it actually is. According to a new report out from researchers at the organization Climate Central, highly-populated urban areas of the country are significantly hotter than rural communities.
As any climate scientist can attest, summers in the United States have been getting steadily hotter since the early 1970s. While all areas of the country cannot escape from this trend, it is those who live in cities who are feeling the effects the most. In fact, according to Climate Central, the average city summer over the last decade – the amount of time the new study covers – was 2.4 degrees hotter than rural areas. On some days, the gap can reach anywhere from 15-27 degrees.
A full 80 percent of Americans live in a city, which means that a vast majority of the population in the country are directly impacted by the noticeable difference. The study covered 60 of the largest cities in the United States and the surrounding rural areas, 57 of which has a measurably hotter summer. The top five cities that had the most intense urban summers over the last 10 years were Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Denver, Portland and Louisville.
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