No doubt about it, this winter has been rough so far. Last week, a powerful blizzard pounded the northeastern U.S. and much of Canada. There were even reports that 49 out of the 50 U.S. states had gotten snow so far this year. The lone holdout, Florida, was a month too early to make the list. It saw snowfall and brutally cold temperatures in December.
Skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and other snow lovers are no doubt having the time of their lives. If you’re sick of the cold, though, and sick of shoveling snow, here’s a look at the ten warmest major cities in the continental U.S.*, along with their average wintertime temperatures:
1. Miami, Florida, 70° F
2. Los Angeles, California, 58.9° F
3. San Diego, California, 58.1° F
4. Long Beach, California, 57.5° F
5. Phoenix, Arizona, 57.2° F
6. Mesa, Arizona, 55.3° F
7. Jacksonville, Florida, 54.6° F
8. Houston, Texas, 53.6° F
9. San Francisco, California, 53.3° F
10. Tucson, Arizona, 52.9° F
Of course, those are averages. What about this year?
Overall, we expect locations in California and Arizona to see mild temperatures with average precipitation this winter. If you were planning on wintering in Florida or Texas, however, you may want to reconsider. We’re calling for very wet and cold conditions in those areas this winter. Floridians have already seen these predictions come true, with record low temperatures gripping the region, and near freezing conditions as far south as Miami.
If you’re planning to escape to one of these sunny locales this year, be sure to check the Farmers’ Almanac long range forecast for the rest of the winter.
* Out of the top 50 largest U.S. cities by population.