The Question – What’s The Hottest State in the US?
If You Said Arizona, You Are Wrong!
Probably not. Why would you?
But if you have an inquiring mind and like trivia, here is an interesting bit of information.
Now if you live in Southern Arizona, you know it gets hot during the summer. But is it hot enough to make Arizona the hottest state in the U.S. during the summer? Maybe-Maybe Not!
How Do We Know What the Hottest States Are?
24/7 Wall St. studied this question and released their findings in May 2018. Not familiar with 24/7 Wall St.? That’s no surprise.
24/7 Wall St. is a financial news and opinion company. It delivers content over the Internet. And unless you are looking for them you won’t know who they are.
The company publishes over 30 articles per day. And has readers throughout North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
To be clear, it is not the Wall Street Journal.
The study examined the average temperatures in each state for June, July, and August. The hottest months of the year. Then they ranked the hottest states from highest to lowest temperatures.
And guess what? Arizona isn’t the hottest state in the U.S. It didn’t even make the top 10 hottest states. OMG! Who would have guessed it?
Here Is the Scoop on Why Arizona Isn’t the Hottest State
Yuma, in the southwest corner of Arizona, is at 141 feet about sea level. Now summer in Yuma is HOT! The average summer highs range from 110 to 120 degrees.
Tucson is at 2400 feet above sea level. Its weather is cooler than Yuma. And Phoenix, 90 miles north of Tucson is at 1,086 feet. They call it the valley of the sun for a reason.
And now lets go farther north. Flagstaff is at 6,900 feet above sea level. Higher than Denver!
The higher elevations mean summer temperatures are cooler. In Flagstaff, much cooler.
What are the hottest Arizona cities in the summer? Lake Havasu City, Peoria, Suprise, Yuma, and Phoenix are top candidates. With summer high temperatures in Phoenix range from 108 to 118 degrees.
Tucson is 90 miles south of Phoenix but is 1400 feet higher in elevation. Average summer highs in Tucson will be 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix. And Mt. Lemmon at 9,200 Feet above sea level. It is an hour away from central Tucson. Very cool in summer.
Averaging all the highs and lows for Arizona cities made it the 11th hottest state in the US.
Only the 11th Hottest State In The US. How Could That Be?
Arizona’s average summer temperature is a nice 77.3 degrees. Note “average”.
Phoenix weather makes it one of the summer hot spots in Arizona. Flagstaff is one of the coolest northern cities.
Bottom line, the changes in elevation throughout Arizona make the average summer temps more moderate.
Although not in the top 10 hottest states, Arizona is home to summer’s hottest spot in America.
Lake Havasu City! Average summer temperature of 94.6 degrees. That’s average! Daily summer highs push 110 Degrees.
So what were the top 10 hottest states?
The top hot spot goes to Texas.
Texas averages 81.3 degrees in summer. Now you are thinking, “What? That’s nothing more than a mild spring day in Phoenix.”
True! But it’s enough to top the nation in summer heat.
Now here is a caveat for weather wonks. That 81.3 number is an average of the highs and lows over the summer months rather than a typical high for a summer day. You might not do it that way, but let’s go with it, OK?
In the 2nd and 3rd Spots
Right behind Texas is Louisiana At 81.1 degrees. Again, not what you would guess for blazing summers.
Getting the bronze (no pun intended) is Florida at 80.5.
Now The Top 10 Are
Average temperatures in June, July and August, ranked by 24/7 Wall St.
1. Texas, 81.3 degrees.
2. Louisiana, 81.1 degrees.
3. Florida, 80.5 degrees.
4 (tie). Oklahoma and Mississippi, 79.8 degrees.
6. Alabama, 78.9 degrees.
7 (tie). Georgia and Arkansas, 78.7 degrees.
9 (tie). South Carolina, 78.5 degrees.
10. Hawaii, 77.9 degrees.
There you have it. And if you thought Arizona was going to be at the top of the list of hottest states, thing again. But perhaps it should be at the top of your list of great places to live or retire too!
And if you do, give us a call. We would love to tell you why we thing Tucson AZ is the perfect place in Arizona.
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