If you are like most, you get a warm fuzzy feeling to see snowflakes around the holidays, but those feelings quickly turn to bitterness come January. Doesn’t it seem as though Old Man Winter arrives earlier and stays later every year? Well, if you have had enough, and you are ready to move to an area where you never have to dress in layers to walk the dog, consider moving to one of the warmest cities in America.
- Phoenix, Arizona – The temperature is over 99 degrees Fahrenheit at least 107 days per year in Phoenix. The city has subtropical desert climate. There is an 85 percent chance for sunshine and rainfall is minimal. Record temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit have been reached in June, but the annual daily mean is 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Las Vegas, Nevada – There are generally about 70 days per year when temperatures exceed 99 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas. The city has a subtropical hot desert climate, which is to be expected considering it is in the Mojave Desert. Average high year-round is 80.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low is 58.7 degrees Fahrenheit. December is the coldest month, and it still sees an average temperature of 47.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Riverside, California – Considering Riverside is the birth place of the citrus industry in California, this should give you an idea of how much sunshine the city enjoys. Riverside has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, with an average high temperature of 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit. However, temperatures have reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit in both July and September. The average low for the year is a comfortable 54.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dallas, Texas – Dallas experiences a humid subtropical climate. Winters are mild, with an average daily temperature of 47 degrees Fahrenheit. However, cold fronts called “Blue Northers” pass through occasionally and actually bump the temperatures a few degrees warmer. Temperatures have reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit, but on average, the city only experiences 17 days annually where they exceed 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Austin, Texas – Austin is right on the coattail of Dallas, experiencing an average of 16 days annually where temperatures exceed 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The city enjoys mild winters and hot summers. It once reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit in September, but summer days are typically around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are relatively dry.
- Sacramento, California – The capital city of California has one of the most enjoyable year-round climates. It experiences a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry, hot summers. It is one of the planet’s sunniest locations from June through September, averaging 14 hours of daily sunshine. There are generally 73 days per year that exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and around14 days where they reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, there are typically only 15 days per year that temperatures don’t reach at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – A humid subtropical climate is experienced here with an average high of 72.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature exceeds 99 degrees Fahrenheit approximately 11 days per year. Although a pleasant climate can be enjoyed year-round, it is important to note that very active severe weather is experienced April and May, as the city falls within the boundaries of Tornado Alley. So, purchasing a home with a basement is a good idea.