It’s Hot in Phoenix, And Getting Hotter

“Phoenix is already hot, and it’s getting hotter,” Mayor of Phoenix Greg Stanton said at panel held at the Center For American Progress (CAP) today. “We’ve had more extreme heat and longer periods of heat — each year it seems like we get a report that it was the hottest summer on record.”

Stanton speaks the truth. The city averages more than 100 days a year with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees. In 2013, 115 days hit 100 degrees. In 2011, the city set a new record for days over 110 degrees with 33. That’s over one month of the year with scorching highs. This winter has so far been warmer than average.

Stanton is in D.C. with other mayors, including Ed Lee of San Francisco at the Conference of Mayors hoping to get direct conversations with President Obama — since the elected houses of congress have been unable to get a grip on the disasters facing the country/world.

See Climate Progress for longer, useful summary.

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