Hot City: New York by 2050 Will Be Warmer Than Atlanta Today

By Jennifer Millman
|  Friday, Aug 21, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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Hot City: New York by 2050 Will Be Warmer Than Atlanta Today

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It's hot out there.

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The Big Apple is expected to be steamier than Atlanta today by 2050 – and we're not talking about the ladies and gents who live here, unfortunately.

Summers in New York are projected to get a whole lot warmer, according to projections by Climate Central that show the state will have more hot days in August in 2050 than Atlanta does now.

In the 2050s, New York is projected to have about 12 days of 90 degree-plus heat each August – three times as many scorchers as it had in the 1980s and 1990s. The city will likely have four days hotter than 95 degrees and one day over 100 degrees by 2050, compared with only one day and zero days at those temperatures, respectively, in the 1980s and 1990s, Climate Central found.  

New Yorkers have spent the last week splashing themselves in fountains and turning up the AC to stay cool as the city battles the first heat wave of the summer.

Looks like this is just the beginning, if Climate Central's projections ring true.

More heat waves mean more risk of heat-related problems, which means more trips to emergency rooms and hospital admissions and ultimately, more expenses to the city.

“How hot it will get will depend on the choices we make about energy and transportation in the years to come,” Berrien Moore III, Climate Central executive director, told Bloomberg.

By mid-century, a dozen cities could average more than one day over 100 degrees each August – four times as many metros that can claim that heated distinction today.

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