As the region warms, expect more ‘dog days of summer’

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Looking back on the summer, it seemed like it was so hot, for so long. Indeed, July was the warmest month on record, globally.

But temperatures exceeded 100 degrees on only five days this year in Albuquerque. That’s according to the official National Weather Service readings.

Now, just imagine what summers will feel like once the Duke City starts hitting those high temperatures more and more regularly.

Last week, the New York Times published a series of maps showing nationwide temperature projections if humans don’t slow the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

According to the maps, by 2060, temperatures in Albuquerque will exceed 100 degrees on 32 days each year. By 2100, that number more than doubles to 73 days.

To see the maps yourself, visit the NYT page here.

According to Kerry Jones at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque’s hottest days usually occur before July 10.

This year, two of those hot days occurred in June, like normal. But Albuquerque’s mercury also rose above 100 degrees on July 10, July 14, and July 23.

That’s unusual, he says, for Albuquerque to get that hot in mid- to late July.

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