America's Hottest Cities

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Waves of heat have entrapped nearly all parts of the U.S. at some point this summer. In some areas, especially those in the aptly named Sun Belt, the heat has wreaked havoc on crops, caused a decline in tourism, and led to busted water pipes. Triple-digit temperatures have even sparked a rise in air-conditioner thefts.

The Daily Beast previously catalogued which metro areas have experienced the most unprecedented heat this summer—those cities that have been hotter than normal. But for residents of Phoenix and Las Vegas, which didn’t even rank, severe summer heat is nothing new. So in honor of the remaining weeks of summer, The Daily Beast decided to recognize the cities that have survived the most consistently scorching days of anywhere in America.

To compile the list, The Daily Beast combed weather history for the nation’s 100 largest cities. Each locale was ranked based on the average monthly overall temperature and high temperature and the monthly maximum high temperature for June, July, and August (data through August 12, 2011), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.

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1. Phoenix, Ariz.

Avg. June Temp.: 90.8

Avg. June High Temp.: 104.3

High in June: 115

Avg. July Temp.: 95.2

Avg. July High Temp.: 106.9

High in July: 118

Avg. August Temp.: 96.5

Avg. August High Temp.: 106.8

High in August: 113

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2. Laredo, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 91.8

Avg. June High Temp.: 105.9

High in June: 113

Avg. July Temp.: 91.3

Avg. July High Temp.: 104.1

High in July: 107

Avg. August Temp.: 93.9

Avg. August High Temp.: 106.7

High in August: 108

3. Las Vegas, Nev.

Avg. June Temp.: 85.4

Avg. June High Temp.: 97.4

High in June: 110

Avg. July Temp.: 91.6

Avg. July High Temp.: 102.5

High in July: 111

Avg. August Temp.: 92.6

Avg. August High Temp.: 105

High in August: 107

4. Dallas, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 87.6

Avg. June High Temp.: 97.9

High in June: 103

Avg. July Temp.: 91.4

Avg. July High Temp.: 101.7

High in July: 106

Avg. August Temp.: 94.8

Avg. August High Temp.: 105.7

High in August: 110

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5. Tulsa, Okla.

Avg. June Temp.: 84.4

Avg. June High Temp.: 95.6

High in June: 106

Avg. July Temp.: 90.9

Avg. July High Temp.: 103

High in July: 107

Avg. August Temp.: 89.9

Avg. August High Temp.: 102.8

High in August: 113

6. Oklahoma City, Okla.

Avg. June Temp.: 84.1

Avg. June High Temp.: 97.2

High in June: 104

Avg. July Temp.: 89.2

Avg. July High Temp.: 102.5

High in July: 110

Avg. August Temp.: 89.7

Avg. August High Temp.: 103

High in August: 110

7. Tucson, Ariz.

Avg. June Temp.: 86.1

Avg. June High Temp.: 103

High in June: 112

Avg. July Temp.: 88.1

Avg. July High Temp.: 100.4

High in July: 111

Avg. August Temp.: 87.9

Avg. August High Temp.: 98.5

High in August: 106

8. Wichita, Kan.

Avg. June Temp.: 81.4

Avg. June High Temp.: 94.5

High in June: 105

Avg. July Temp.: 89.3

Avg. July High Temp.: 102.5

High in July: 111

Avg. August Temp.: 85

Avg. August High Temp.: 97.6

High in August: 111

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9. Austin, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 87.1

Avg. June High Temp.: 99.9

High in June: 106

Avg. July Temp.: 87.9

Avg. July High Temp.: 98.7

High in July: 101

Avg. August Temp.: 90.5

Avg. August High Temp.: 102

High in August: 103

10. Lubbock, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 85.9

Avg. June High Temp.: 100.8

High in June: 112

Avg. July Temp.: 86

Avg. July High Temp.: 99.2

High in July: 103

Avg. August Temp.: 86.8

Avg. August High Temp.: 100.8

High in August: 104

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11. San Antonio, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 86.2

Avg. June High Temp.: 97.6

High in June: 104

Avg. July Temp.: 87.9

Avg. July High Temp.: 98.7

High in July: 101

Avg. August Temp.: 90.5

Avg. August High Temp.: 102

High in August: 103

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12. El Paso, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 86.7

Avg. June High Temp.: 101.4

High in June: 108

Avg. July Temp.: 86.2

Avg. July High Temp.: 98.1

High in July: 103

Avg. August Temp.: 88.5

Avg. August High Temp.: 100.2

High in August: 104

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13. Houston, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 85.9

Avg. June High Temp.: 95.8

High in June: 102

Avg. July Temp.: 86.5

Avg. July High Temp.: 95.5

High in July: 99

Avg. August Temp.: 89.1

Avg. August High Temp.: 99.2

High in August: 101

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14. Corpus Christi, Texas

Avg. June Temp.: 83.8

Avg. June High Temp.: 94.4

High in June: 98

Avg. July Temp.: 85.8

Avg. July High Temp.: 96.5

High in July: 99

Avg. August Temp.: 88.2

Avg. August High Temp.: 98.6

High in August: 100

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15. Memphis, Tenn.

Avg. June Temp.: 83.7

Avg. June High Temp.: 93.3

High in June: 99

Avg. July Temp.: 86

Avg. July High Temp.: 94.9

High in July: 99

Avg. August Temp.: 87

Avg. August High Temp.: 96.1

16. Bakersfield, Calif.

Avg. June Temp.: 76.1

Avg. June High Temp.: 90

High in June: 107

Avg. July Temp.: 83.7

Avg. July High Temp.: 97.7

High in July: 106

Avg. August Temp.: 82.8

Avg. August High Temp.: 98.3

High in August: 102

17. Fresno, Calif.

Avg. June Temp.: 74.9

Avg. June High Temp.: 88.4

High in June: 107

Avg. July Temp.: 82

Avg. July High Temp.: 96.9

High in July: 106

Avg. August Temp.: 81.6

Avg. August High Temp.: 97.9

High in August: 102

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18. New Orleans, La.

Avg. June Temp.: 85

Avg. June High Temp.: 94.1

High in June: 100

Avg. July Temp.: 84.2

Avg. July High Temp.: 91.7

High in July: 100

Avg. August Temp.: 87.5

Avg. August High Temp.: 95.5

High in August: 97

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19. Baton Rouge, La.

Avg. June Temp.: 83.9

Avg. June High Temp.: 94.9

High in June.: 103

Avg. July Temp.: 83.7

Avg. July High Temp.: 92.4

High in July: 98

Avg. August Temp.: 87

Avg. August High Temp.: 95.8

High in August: 97

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20. Raleigh, N.C.

Avg. June Temp.: 80.4

Avg. June High Temp.: 92.3

High in June: 99

Avg. July Temp.: 83.7

Avg. July High Temp.: 95.3

High in July: 104

Avg. August Temp.: 83

Avg. August High Temp.: 93.2

High in August: 98