The Hottest Cities in the US
Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals decided to seek out the cities where warm weather is almost guaranteed! Using data from World Weather Online, we counted the average temperature per month and have created the ultimate warm-weather travel guide, no matter the time of year! Get ready to top up your tan and book your trip to one of Holidu’s hottest cities.
1. Miami, Florida – avg. 78.7°F and 343.57 hours of sun per month
It’s official – Miami is the hottest city in the United States! With an average monthly temperature of 78.7°F and 343.57 hours of sun per month, Miami is the ultimate destination for warm weather and sun-seeking travellers. The city is known for its breathtaking coastlines, offering expansive public beaches where you can soak up the sun on the sand or take a swim in the clear blue water. As if the climate wasn’t enough, Miami is a gorgeous city on its own. This sunshine city packs in amazing waterfront dining and vibrant nightlife, Miami truly has something to offer any kind of traveller.
2. Phoenix, Arizona – avg. 77.1°F and 354.53 hours of sun per month
The first Arizona city in this ranking is the sizzling city of Phoenix! Located in the southwestern state of Arizona, Phoenix is known as the “Valley of the Sun.” Go for a hike on Waterfall Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park or head to the Phoenix Mountains Preserve to the Lookout Mountain Trail to reach the summit, but don’t forget your sunscreen! Phoenix boasts tons of art and culture events as well as stunning rooftop bars, on your next trip enjoy all this lively city has to offer!
3. Mesa, Arizona – avg. 76.8°F and 354.49 hours of sun per month
Taking the third place spot and just east of Phoenix, Mesa is rooted in Western culture and captures the true essence of Arizona. Visit Tonto National Forest, the 5th largest forest in the US and hike the historic Apache Trail through the Superstition Mountains. Or visit the famous Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel. If you need to beat the heat, you can also visit one of the many lakes in the area and try your hand at watersports. This historic city will leave you warm with wonder!
4. Honolulu, Hawaii – avg. 76.5°F and 345.77 hours of sun per month
Coming in at a monthly average of 76.5°F and 345.77 hours of sun per On the island Oahu’s, Honolulu is Hawaii’s capital and is the perfect sun kissed island for your tropical getaway. Known as the racing pulse of Hawaii this cosmopolitan city really has it all! Head to the famous neighbourhood of Waikiki for not only some of the most recognizable beaches in the world, but also all your shopping and dining needs. You also won’t want to miss the rich history and visit the famous Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona Memorial to honour those in WWII attack.
5. Orlando, Florida – avg. 75.9°F and 333.09 hours of sun per month
In fifth place with an average monthly temperature of 75.9°F and 333.09 hours of sun per month, we head back to the sunshine state of Florida to Orlando. This fairytale filled city thrives off some of its most well known tourist attractions, Disney World and Universal Studios, but also boasts it’s own local charm. This iconic central Florida city is jam-packed with plenty of outdoor and gorgeous warm weather year round.
6. Tampa, Florida – avg. 75.8°F and 343.95 hours of sun per month
Tampa comes in as the sixth sizzling city in the US with an average temperature of 75.8°F and almost 344 hours of sun per month. Nestled in Tampa Bay just northeast of St. Petersburg. Tampa is known for its allure of tourist attractions. Tampa’s unique mix of waterfront and high-rises lends to the perfect balance of warmth and a sea breeze to cut the heat. Visiting? Check out Amusement park Busch Gardens and or beat the heat at the Florida Aquarium! Jam packed with incredible outdoor dining experiences you won’t want to miss this hot city!
7. Corpus Christi, Texas – avg. 74.2°F and 311.82 hours of sun per month
In seventh place we have the beautiful Texas city of Corpus Christi located on the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches in Texas? You bet! The Padre Island National Seashore is home to many species including endangered sea turtles and not to mention fantastic weather! With an average of 74.2°F and 311.82 hours of sun per month you are sure to snag a sunny beach day year round!
8. Jacksonville, Florida – avg. 73°F and 326.73 hours of sun per month
Heading now back to Florida, situated in the most northwestern part, we come to Jacksonville! Between the skyscrapers, lush parks, and fantastic outdoor dining you are sure to find everything you are looking for in this sunshine state gem. Take a dip in the Atlantic to beat the heat or try kayaking along the St. Johns River! Jacksonville is a dream for anyone looking to travel somewhere warm year round! With 73°F and 326.73 hours of sun per month, explore this expansive city under the sun.
9. Henderson, Nevada – avg. 72.6°F and 356.45 hours of sun per month
Located closely to Las Vegas, the city of Henderson comes with an average of 72.6°F and 356.45 hours of sun per month. Are you an outdoor lover? Take the day to try out the River Mountain Loop Trail for cycling or check out the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. If you need to beat the heat, check out the Cowabunga Bay Water Park! With beautiful weather year round Henderson is a can’t miss!
10. New Orleans, Louisiana – avg. 72.6°F and 325.92 hours of sun per month
New Orleans sneaks onto our list with the final spot at an average temperature of 72.6°F and 325.92 hours of sun per month. Known for its mix of cultures and famous French Quarter, this Mardi Gras ready city is the perfect place to celebrate culture with a slide of nightlife. Dubbed as a cultural melting pot, this city offers tourists authentic food with Cajun, Creole, and French roots. Check out its vibrant music scene, parades, and street parties! It’s jazz filled streets filled with charm that will play their way into your heart year round!
This ranking was made by extracting the average temperature in Fahrenheit per month in each city for the years 2009 to 2021. All cities in the United States with over 300k in population were analysed. With this data from World Weather Online, we then calculated the average temperature per month using the average from each month of the year. In the event of a tie, we used the average number of sun hours per month.