Whether you believe humans are causing climate change or not, it’s a topic that won’t go away any time soon. Now there’s a new interactive map that suggests how hot your summer might be if conditions continue on their current trajectory. It also provides a comparison city to see what city’s current summer temperatures are comparable to the temperatures your city will have in 2100.
Summer in 2100
Climate Central published the new interactive map this week. Just type in your closes metropolitan area and see what you get. For example, if you type in Chicago, the average temperature of nearly 82 degrees Fahrenheit today will supposedly climb to about 93 degrees by 2100, making the Windy City feel like Mesquite, Tex. does today. Boston’s average summer temperatures will be more than 10 degrees hotter than they are today, making the city’s summer like that of North Miami Beach today.
The organization notes that summer temperatures are already hotter now than they were 40 years ago. By the turn of the century, they estimate that most U.S. cities will have summer temperatures that are as hot as Texas or Florida. Some cities will supposedly heat up so much that they will end up feeling like cities in the Middle East. For example, Phoenix could feel as hot as Kuwait City, at an average temperature of 114 degrees.
In determining the temperatures, the organization only figured daytime ambient temperatures and did not include other measurements like humidity and dew point.
Climate change remains a hot button topic
Of course not everyone is so convinced that this interactive map provides an accurate picture of future temperatures. Many people, even scientists, are very skeptical of climate change, or at least the idea that humans or big industry are to blame for it. Some belong to the camp of belief that climate change is a natural cycle of our plane, while others seem to be in complete denial.
Others suggest that if people dramatically change their habits, they will be able to slow down climate change to keep the map’s forecast from coming to pass.