Jun 12, 2023 - Climate

Phoenix summers are getting hotter

Data: Climate Central; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals
Data: Climate Central; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

It's not in your head — the Valley really is hotter than it used to be.

By the numbers: Average summer temperatures in Phoenix increased 2.9°F between 1970 and 2022, per a new analysis by climate research group Climate Central.

  • Average temperatures were 94.8°F in 2022, compared to 91.9°F in 1970.

The big picture: It's also getting hotter, well, everywhere.

  • During the same timeframe, summer temperatures rose 2.4°F on average across nearly 230 U.S. areas — 95% of the locations the group analyzed.
Change in average summer temperature from 1970 to 2022
Data: Climate Central; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals
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