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A non-profit group claims that if greenhouse gas emissions keep pummeling the atmosphere as they have been, Boston will soon feel more like Florida.
Boston residents looking to retire won’t have to fly to Miami to relocate, because the blistering heat most often associated with parts of Florida could one day become the norm in the city.
According to Climate Control, a non-profit organization that focuses on climate change patterns and the impacts of emissions on our environment, claims that by 2100 Boston’s average summer-high temperatures will likely be more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than they are now, “making it feel as steamy as North Miami Beach is today.”
The group, based in New Jersey, created a new interactive map, which can be seen above, that shows what they predict certain cities will feel like by the end of this century. For Boston, the future of summer will be reminiscent of a sweltering vacation in the Sunshine State.
“Summer temperatures in most American cities are going to feel like summers now in Texas and Florida—very, very hot,” said Alyson Kenward, the project’s lead researcher.
To come up with their hypothesis and predictions for the study, called “1001 Blistering Future Summers,” Climate Control analyzed the hottest average temperatures of the day for each city for the months of June, July, and August. They said their research doesn’t take into account the humidity, and only considers daytime summer heat. The projected warming also assumes greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing through 2080, “just as they have been for the past several decades.”
“If it feels hot to you now in the dog days of this summer, imagine a time when summertime Boston starts feeling like Miami and even Montana sizzles,” the group said in a statement about their research.
The upside to the predictions, however, is that the increase in average temperatures are nothing new to Boston. According to the research, the city’s average temperature will be around 89-degrees by 2100. In 2010, Boston hit 100 degrees. The following year, residents had to deal with three consecutive days of 90-degree heat. (Spoiler alert: we survived).
Regardless, if the uncomfortably warm weather conditions predicted by Climate Control do turn out to be true, Boston seems like it’s already prepared for such a scenario. Take, for example, the latest set for the film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp. Producers recently turned Revere beach into a seaside landscape straight out of Miami, cabanas and all. Heat? What heat?
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/07/11/climate-central-map-heat-boston-miami/