Hottest US Cities in Summer
Among the largest cities in the United States, Phoenix and Las Vegas stand out as consistently having remarkably hot weather during the months of June, July and August. This is most apparent in the number of days they endure with highs in the 100s Fahrenheit (over 37 degrees Celsius). The data here look at several different temperature measures of the US cities with the hottest summertime weather.
These ratings of hottest cities use long-term temperature averages for the three summer months, June, July and August, based on weather data collected from 1991 to 2020 for the US National Centers for Environmental Information. The major cities included in these weather rankings represent the 56 metropolitan areas in the United States with the most people, all those with over one million residents in 2020, according to the US Census Bureau.
Highest Summer Temperature Overall
Phoenix and Las Vegas are the two major cities with an average temperature throughout summer that's above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 °Celsius). Another ten US cities have average summer temperatures in the 80s.
|City||Mean °F||Mean °C|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||91||33|
|San Antonio, Texas||84||29|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||83||29|
City links take you to more detailed information on temperatures for that location. You can also view a summary of temperature averages for all major US cities and city temperatures in recent years and a complete list of America's 56 largest urban centers.
Hottest Summer Days
Only at Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas do highs in the 100s F occur on most summer days. For the other 14 cities that exerience high temperatures on at least two-thirds of summer days, the thermometer more commonly heats up into the 90s. But not all cities that frequently have 90-degree weather can expect temperatures topping 100 each year. In Florida and Louisiana, several hot cities don't experience 100-degree weather.
These 17 major cities most often have temperatures reaching 90 °F during summer.
|Las Vegas, Nevada||88||67|
|San Antonio, Texas||81||16|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||64||0|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||60||12|
Warmest Cities at Night
A few American cities don't often cool down much at night during summer. Miami can expect every night during summer to remain above 70 degrees. Overall though, Phoenix has the hottest nights, which average above 80 °F for the season.
For the twelve cities listed below, nighttime temperatures stay above 70 degrees on all but a handful of nights in summer. All other major US cities usually see 23 or more nights a summer when it cools off to below 70.
|New Orleans, Louisiana||6|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||8|
|San Antonio, Texas||10|
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.