A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent to an average July day spent in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
Of course, New York isn't the only city with a rising thermometer; Los Angeles and Miami temperatures could both see a jump of seven degrees, while northeastern Pennsylvania could see an increase as large as 11 degrees.
The report examines projected daytime summer temperatures for 1,001 cities across the United States, and matches them to other cities who already experience those projected temperatures today. Frighteningly, some city projections are too hot to match, and had to be linked to other parts of the world.
"In some cases, summers will warm so dramatically that their best comparison is to cities in the Middle East. Take Las Vegas, for example. Summer highs there are projected to average a scorching 111°F, which is what summer temperatures are like today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. And at an average 114°F°, living in Phoenix will feel like summering in sweltering Kuwait City," the study states.
Test it out yourself with this handy (and scary) interactive Climate Central graphic:
According to a Climate Central piece released last month, summers in most states are already warmer than they were in the 1970's. Specifically, temperatures in northeast areas are rising by as much as .78 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
"The increase is mostly due to the rise of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the globe’s atmosphere due to human activities. According to the recent National Climate Assessment, annual average temperatures in the U.S. could rise another 10°F by century’s end if emissions aren’t abated," the article warns.
At least New Yorkers will finally be able to fry an egg on the sidewalk... except that most sidewalks will be underwater. OH WELL, SORRY FUTURE GENERATIONS! We were too busy sharing GIFs of kids getting doored by playhouses to do anything about climate change. As you can see, totally worth it.
As John Oliver put it in a devastating segment on his new show Last Week Tonight, we've all proven we can't be trusted with the future tense. We've been repeatedly asked, 'Don't you want to leave a better world for your grandchildren?' And we've all collectively responded, 'Eh, fuck 'em.'"