Temperatures in U.S. cities are set to shift drastically as the climate warms, with New York feeling as hot as Arkansas, Washington, DC changing to Mississippi’s climate and Los Angeles’s weather coming to closely resemble Cabo’s by 2080, a new report demonstrates.
The research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, uses mapping to identify parallels between projected future temperatures for 540 North American cities if warming is not curbed and the current temperatures of other urban areas.
An interactive map released with the research allows users to identify which current temperatures match up with their own cities. “If I have grandkids and they lived in the same place I do, they might not recognize this climate that we’re living in now,” paper author Matthew Fitzpatrick told The Atlantic.
A screenshot of the new tool from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.Fitzpatrick et al. / UMCES
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