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Top 10 Cities to Beat the Heat


SUMMER COMFORT

Summer is here in full swing, and along with fun stuff like beach days, barbecues, and baseball games, it can bring uncomfortable heat and humidity. If you're looking to vacation to a more tolerable climate or just want to see how your hometown stacks up, look no further than the BestPlaces Summer Comfort Index.

The BestPlaces Summer Comfort Index considers seven climate variables, including total precipitation, daily minimum and maximum temperatures, extreme high and low temperatures, average dew points, and precipitation days. Baseline scores are based on high and low temperatures outside of a "comfort" range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and are then penalized by the other variables such as humidity.

Here are the Top 10 Cities to beat the heat:

TEN MOST COMFORTABLE SUMMER CITIES

1. Honolulu, HI
- Daily high: 86.2 deg
- Nighttime low: 71.4 deg
- Rainy days: 17 days
- Humidity: 64. deg.2
- Days too hot: 87 days
- Nights too cool (or not cool enough): 0 days

2. Los Angeles, CA
- Daily high: 86 deg.
- Nighttime low: 61.6 deg.
- Rainy days: 0 days
- Humidity: 57.7 deg.
- Days too hot: 61 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 20 days

3. San Diego, CA
- Average daily high : 83.3 deg.
- Nighttime low: 60.2 deg.
- Rainy days: 1 days
- Humidity: 59.1 deg.
- Days too hot: 47 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 28 days

4. San Jose, CA
- Average daily high: 82.3 deg.
- Nighttime low: 56.2 deg.
- Rainy days: 1 days
- Humidity: 52.2 deg.
- Days too hot: 53 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 88 days

5. Oxnard, CA
- Average daily high: 81.9 deg.
- Nighttime low: 57.9 deg.
- Rainy days: 0 days
- Humidity: 55.8 deg.
- Days too hot: 49 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 79 days

6. San Francisco, CA
- Average daily high: 77.9 deg.
- Nighttime low: 54.7 deg.
- Rainy days: 1 days
- Humidity: 53.1 deg.
- Days too hot: 47 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 90 days

7. Cleveland, OH
- Average daily high: 82.4 deg.
- Nighttime low: 62.7 deg.
- Rainy days: 21 days
- Humidity: 62 deg.
- Days too hot: 56 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 27 days

8. Buffalo, NY
- Average daily high: 80.7 deg.
- Nighttime low: 59.1 deg.
- Rainy days: 21 days
- Humidity: 59.7 deg.
- Days too hot: 33 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 58 days

9. Rochester, NY
- Average daily high: 81.4 deg.
- Nighttime low: 59.5 deg.
- Rainy days: 21 days
- Humidity: 60.1 deg.
- Days too hot: 43 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 56 days

10. Seattle, WA
- Average daily high: 77.4 deg.
- Nighttime low: 53.2 deg.
- Rainy days: 11 days
- Humidity: 53 deg.
- Days too hot: 5 days
- Nights too cool or warm: 92 days

Click here to see the full study, including the Ten Least Comfortable Summer Cities, Methodology, and Summer Comfort Index for the Top 100 Metro Areas. 

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