Though the summer solstice has past, it might still feel like the mercury is climbing. Can it truly be getting hotter and, if so, when exactly can you expect some relief?
The National Climate Data Center provides a helpful map to help estimate at least a close answer to this question by pulling together data on the historical warmest days of the year since the early 1980s.
While states like Arizona, New Mexico and some of Texas might have passed their peak, most of the United States will continue getting hotter into July.
The reason for the temperature increase while the length of summer days declines is because the rate of heat coming in from the sun during the day is still more than the cooling that takes place at night, the data center said on its website.
Unlike much of the country, the states on the Pacific Coast won’t see their warmest days until late August into September, due to their location on the ocean.
The data center warns that “while the map shows warmest days of the year on average throughout the United States, this year’s actual conditions may vary widely based on weather and climate patterns.”
Check out a larger version of the map on the data center’s website to see when your area’s temperature is most likely to peak and therefore when you can start expecting some relief from the heat.
(H/T: Scientific American)