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Wear a hat: Phoenix makes list of hottest, fastest-warming US cities

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Much of Arizona is hot. Not really a news flash, there. But guess what? It’s only getting hotter.

Three Arizona cities, including Phoenix, appeared in ClimateCentral.org’s lists of the fastest-warming cities in the United States. Two also appeared on the list of the hottest.

Based on average annual temperature from 1981-2010, Phoenix tied Fort Myers, Fla., as the third-hottest city in the nation with a temperature of 75.1 degrees. Tucson came in 17th-hottest at 69.4 degrees.

Farther east and south, Miami, Fla., took home the title as the most toasty with an average temperature of 77.2 degrees.

Per decade, three cities in Arizona rank in the top-25 nationally as the fastest-warming inhabited places in the nation.

Phoenix is getting hotter by an average of 1.12 degrees per decade, Prescott is fifth-fastest at 0.89 degrees per decade and Tucson is seventh at 0.8 degrees per 10 years.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Friday and Saturday and Phoenix Fire recommended putting hikes on hold during the heatwave.

Hey, that means the yard work will have to wait, too. Silver lining!

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