Austin among ‘hottest’ U.S. cities, in more ways than one 

11:53 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 Travel
Laura Skelding
The Austin skyline from the 23rd floor of the Skyhouse Apartments on Wednesday. 

Austin’s a hot city to live in, and as anyone who’s ever set foot here, it’s also scorching hot in the summer. 

Sparefoot, a personal storage company, recently put together a list of the “hottest hottest cities in the United States,” ranking cities with growing populations and rising temperatures. 

Austin landed in the No. 5 spot of Sparefoot’s list. According to Census data, the city’s population increased by 17,738 between 2015-16. By 2100, locals can expect an increase of 79 “extremely hot” days. This value is calculated by Climate Central, and varies for each city on the list, using its “baseline” hot temperature. 

Austin hits 92.2 on the Sperling Heat Index which “combines each city’s average high temperature, nighttime low temperatue, dew point, and relative humidity at high temperature.”

Four other Texas cities made the list. Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio rank just ahead of the Texas capital. 

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