The weather outside is frightful, and cold foods are so delightful, but science says to let it go...long hot summers are the future. But not quite yet! A new study out of Stanford argues that starting in about twenty years in some areas today's absurdly high summer temperatures will be "the new normal."

In the study the Stanford team found that many tropical regions could see "the permanent emergence of unprecedented summer heat" in the next two decades. Meanwhile, areas in middle latitudes—that's us!—will, unless something dramatic happens, see extreme summer temperature shifts within 60 years.

"According to our projections, large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that, by the middle of this century, even the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years," the study's lead author, Noah Diffenbaugh, said.

To come up with their predictions, the scientists analyzed more than 50 climate model experiments. They also analyzed historical data from weather stations around the world to "see if the projected emergence of unprecedented heat had already begun." And, according to Diffenbaugh, "It turns out that when we look back in time using temperature records, we find that this extreme heat emergence is occurring now, and that climate models represent the historical patterns remarkably well."

At least we've got a summer soundtrack ready?