Montgomery declared third hottest city in U.S.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Being in the south, the blistering heat is very well known. But according to the Weather Channel, Montgomery may be a little hotter than we think; it's listed as the third hottest city in the U.S.

The Weather Channel pored through 30-year average high temperature data for the months of June, July, and August to come up with a list of six of the hottest large U.S. cities.

WSFA 12 News Meteorologist Jeff Jumper says he was surprised to see Montgomery on the list because there are so many places that can produce hotter days.

"The Weather Channel chose a city from each region of the U.S., so that way the top 6 cities weren't in the Desert Southwest," he said. "They secondly limited to what they are calling "large cities", so that narrows it down even more.  With those two huge filters, it makes much more sense we're in the top six."

Jumper says the proximity of the city and distance from the Gulf of Mexico has a lot to do with the high heat here.

"We are close enough to the gulf to be smothered in the high level moisture and humidity that it supplies," he said. "But more often than not, we don't get the cooling sea breeze that most coastal areas see during the afternoon or evening to drop our temps."

All the factors of high temperatures and humidity make Montgomery a hot city to live in.

"Consistent hot air, plus big time humidity is a recipe for months of sweating, unlike many other spots," Jumper said.

An important factor when living in such heat is to stay as cool as possible. Jumper says the best things to do is know your body and avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day; 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

"Stay hydrated with water, sports drinks are a close alternative, but no soda or alcohol.  Put yard work off until early morning or just before sunset, if it must get done," he said.

Senior Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman with The Weather Channel says that the 90 and higher degree temperatures can last over a four and a half month period from mid-May through the end of September.

Topping the list as the number one hottest was Yuma, AZ, followed by Laredo, TX, Montgomery, AL, Wichita, KS, Medford, OR, and the coolest of the top six is Washington DC.

"Be a good neighbor or parent, check on your kids, your pets, and elderly," Jumper said. "They don't tolerate heat well."

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