Special Report

The 30 Hottest Cities in America

15. Wichita Falls, TX
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
107
> Record high: 117°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 96.9°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 96.6°F

The average temperature in Wichita Falls in 2015 was only 64.3°F, not especially hot relative to average annual temperatures over the city’s 92 years of record keeping. Still, average highs in July and August in Wichita Falls are nearly 97°F — among the 10 hottest in cities for those months. Wichita Falls has an average of 107 days a year where temperatures exceed 90°F, far more than the vast majority of U.S. cities.

14. El Paso, TX
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
108
> Record high: 114°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 94.7°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 92.4°F

Situated in West Texas along the border of both Mexico and New Mexico, El Paso is one of the hottest cities in the country. It is one of the driest, too. The city averages less than 10 days a year of precipitation that amounts to more than a hundredth of an inch. This past year, the average temperature in El Paso was 66.9°F, making 2015 the third hottest in the city’s last 68 years.

13. Fresno, CA
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
108
> Record high: 113°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 98.4°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 97.1°F

Fresno averages 108 days a year when temperatures hit or exceed 90°F, more than in all but a dozen other U.S. cities. The average temperature in the city in 2015 was 66.6°F, the city’s fourth highest average temperature in the last 68 years. Average summer temperatures in Fresno are the fourth highest in the country, with an average high of 98.4°F in July and 97.1°F in August.

12. Victoria, TX
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
110
> Record high: 111°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 93.8°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 95.0°F

In addition to having more days with temperatures above 90°F than most U.S. cities, Victoria, Texas also has a relatively hot average temperature year round. The city is one of only 15 in the country where the average daily temperature exceeds 70°F. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Victoria was on September 6, 2000, when thermometers hit 111°F.

11. Bakersfield, CA
> Avg. number of 90°F+ days:
110
> Record high: 115°F
> Avg. daily high in July: 97.1°F
> Avg. daily high in August: 95.8°F

With an average of 110 days each year of temperatures hitting 90°F or more, Bakersfield is the hottest city in California and one of the hottest in the country. The city is also one of the driest. The city averages less than seven days a year with rainfall totalling more than a hundredth of an inch. Bishop, California and Barrow, Alaska are the only two U.S. cities with fewer days of any substantial precipitation.