September 2020 was the hottest month on record in the world, with 2020 being the second hottest year on record. Each of the hottest five years has been since 2015.
From meteorologists to environmentalists, researchers are closely monitoring the effects of climate change and using this data to better predict future changes. The main one is temperature fluctuations: winters and summers are expected to be warmer in virtually all cities by 2050. But the extreme severity of these increases varies by location.
Nestpick has ranked 20 cities facing the biggest temperature increases over the next 30 years. The ranking comes from Nestpick’s own study which examines how climate change is expected to affect 85 cities around the world by 2050. The results reveal which cities are most vulnerable when it comes to potential sea level rise, temperature increases, water shortages and even what income levels will be affected the most. Ties were broken by the average annual temperature projected in 2050. Cities are listed from the lowest temperature increase (# 20) to the highest (# 1).
Even small increases in the average temperature can wreak havoc on local economies, culture and ecology. The averages are more aggressive weather events and “weather lashes”, from droughts and forest fires to heavy rains and flooding. Higher temperatures mean higher energy bills and the potential for power outages, while heat waves and persistent droughts mean problems for agriculture and fish populations.
These scenarios, although already underway, assume that fossil fuels are being burned at the same rate. Mitigation efforts could avoid worst-case scenarios, while infrastructure plans in cities will help manage the effects if they were to fully materialize. Read on to learn more about the 20 cities around the world with the biggest temperature increases expected by 2050.