It’s Hot Out Here, But Dallas Is Not the Hottest

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As the mercury climbs and we spend more time in the air conditioning and planning our outdoor activities for evening or early morning, you might find yourself curious — how hot is Dallas in relation to the rest of the country?

The publication 24/7 Wall St. used data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to determine the country’s 50 hottest cities, based on how many 90-plus degree days per year the cities have. Ultimately, they came up with a list of 50 cities with populations of at least 10,000, where the temperature reaches 90 or above for more than 67 days a year. 

Unsurprisingly, many Texas cities populate this list, and the top 20 is almost entirely made up of Texas municipalities. Dallas fell almost at the middle, at 18, with 103 days at 90 degrees or more, and a highest temp on record of 112 and a normal year-round high of 76.6 degrees.

From highest to lowest, Del Rio clocked 134 days at 90 degrees or more. Brownsville (125 days/year), San Antonio (116), Austin (114), San Angelo (114), Corpus Christi (112), Waco (111),  and Victoria (111) followed, at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, respectively.

Wichita Falls (107 days/year), El Paso (107), Houston (104), Abilene (101) were also in the top 20, at 14, 15, 17, and 19, respectively.

Also making the list were Port Arthur, Lubbock, and Amarillo.

Phoenix reached the top of the list, with 169 days at 90 or higher. To see the full list, click here.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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