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Report: Vegas is Fastest Warming City in America

New Report Shows Vegas Heating Up Fast Over Past 50 Years

April 22, 2019 - 2:02 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - With above normal temperatures forecast for the Valley later this week, a new report shows Las Vegas has been the fastest warming city in the country since 1970.

The study was conducted by the group Climate Central, an organization that has conducted research and surveys on climate change, beginning on the first observance of Earth Day back in 1970.

The latest report showed that between 1970 and today, the average temperature in Las Vegas rose 5.6 degrees. That figure is more than a full degree warmer than the second-place city on the list, El Paso Texas.

Two Arizona cities, Tucson and Phoenix, occupy spots three and four on the survey list, with Burlington, Vermont rounding out the top five.

Since 1970, temperatures have risen at nearly 98 percent of the U.S. cities assessed by Climate Central. Ten cities have warmed by at least 4°F. Another 59 cities — including Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Houston — have gotten at least 3°F warmer.

Even though Las Vegas was at the top of the list for warming cities, Nevada failed to make the Top Ten list of warming states. Alaska topped that list, followed by New Mexico, Arizona, Delaware and Utah.