According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) the southwestern region of the United States (Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico), California, Florida, and Hawaii experienced the hottest weather in 2013. The city with the highest recorded temperature (according to NCDC data) in 2013 was Death Valley, California, which recorded a temperature of 134 degrees on July 10, 2013. The city has an average of 140 days per year with temperatures over 100 degrees. Interestingly though, as hot as Death Valley is, it is not the hottest city in the country.
Based on average temperatures, the hottest places in the U.S. are located in Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, and Texas. Here is some information about the cities in the United States with the hottest summers in 2013.
The town of Marathon is located in the middle of the Florida Keys at the southern tip of the state. The town averages temperatures for the year that reach a high of 84 and a low of 67 degrees. During the summer months, the temperatures reach a high of 90 degrees and a low of 75 degrees.
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, is located on the big island of Hawaii. The city maintains an average temperature in the summer of 87 degrees (and a low of 73) and an average temperature throughout the year of 85 degrees. Between mid-February and the end of October 2013, high temperatures for Kailua Kona ranged between 83 degrees to 87 degrees Fahrenheit.
Key West, Florida
Key West registered some of the hottest summer days in 2013. The area averages temperatures throughout the year of 77.8 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coolest month of the year with temperatures between 75 and 78 degrees, while August, the hottest month, sees temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Just 189 miles to the south of the Florida Keys lies the city of Fort Lauderdale. The city has an average temperature of 77.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Between May and September the city sees temperatures in the 90s and highs of 75 degrees in December and January. The hottest month for Fort Lauderdale is the month of July.
Moving from the big island of Hawaii and the hot temperatures in Kailua Kona, a person does not have to go far to experience average temperatures of 77.7 degrees Fahrenheit. These can be found in Hawaii’s largest city, Honolulu (population 345,610), located on the island of Oahu. High temperatures reach the 90-degree mark during the summer, with the hottest month being July.
Bullhead City, Arizona
Bullhead City, Arizona, is located 100 miles south of Las Vegas and 22 miles north of Needles, California, in the Mohave Valley area. Temperatures for Bullhead City averaged well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the summer of 2013. From mid-May to the middle of September 2013, temperatures were between 108 and 120 degrees, with June 20, 2013, setting the high mark for the year at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
McAllen, Texas, saw 2013 temperatures reach their highest levels on August 6 at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures for this city (located at the southern tip of the state in the famed Rio Grande Valley) averaged a high of 97 degrees Fahrenheit in August, which was the hottest month.
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