The 30 Hottest Cities in America

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30. Macon, GA
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
85
> Record high: 108°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 92.6°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 91.4°F

With an average of 85 days of temperatures hitting 90°F and higher a year, Macon is the hottest city in Georgia and the 30th hottest in the country. The average temperature in Macon was 65.9°F last year, slightly higher than the city’s 64.5°F normal average temperature. Though it ranks among the hottest U.S. cities, Macon also has its share of cold days. Temperatures in the city hit the freezing mark in about 43 days in a given year.

29. Port Arthur, TX
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
86
> Record high: 108°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 91.7°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 92.2°F

Temperatures hit at least 90°F on about 24% of days in Port Arthur. While many of the hottest U.S. cities are also among the driest, Port Arthur gets plenty of rain. On average, the city gets at least at least a hundredth of an inch of precipitation about 60.5 days each year, more days than in all but a handful of other U.S. cities.

28. Tampa, FL
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
86
> Record high: 99°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 90.1°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 90.2°F

With an average temperature of 76.2°F, 2015 was the hottest year in Tampa’s history. The Gulf coast city averages 86 days a year in which temperatures hit at least 90°F, more than in the vast majority of other U.S. cities. Most of the hottest cities in the country average at least 10 days of freezing temperatures a year. Tampa is one of just three of the hottest cities where temperatures hit the freezing mark on just two days or fewer each year.

27. Baton Rouge, LA
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
89
> Record high: 105°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 92.2°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 92.5°F

With an average temperature of 70°F, last year was the hottest in Baton Rouge since record keeping began 83 years ago. The city averages 89 days a year of temperatures hitting at least 90°F, more than the vast majority of U.S. cities. Unlike some of the hottest cities where rainfall is scarce, Baton Rouge gets higher than average precipitation. Precipitation in the city exceeds a hundredth of an inch on nearly 61 days a year on average, one of the highest rates in the country.

26. Tallahassee, FL
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
91
> Record high: 105°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 92.1°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 91.5°F

With an average of 91 days of temperatures of at least 90°F a year since record keeping began, Tallahassee is the third hottest city in Florida and one of the hottest in the United States. While some of the hottest cities in the country almost never get meaningful precipitation, rainfall is relatively common in Tallahassee. The city has an average of 59 days a year with precipitation of at least a hundredth of an inch, more than in all but a dozen other U.S. cities.