New York City summers are disgusting: the city smells like stale urine, the subway stations turn into saunas, and all the elegant New Yorkers transform into perspiring troglodytes. And just when you thought it couldn't get any more gross, a report from city officials due out today insists that the hot mess is just beginning — and that Alabama-level summers are on the way to the Big Apple. "Over the next 40 years, the number of sweltering summer days in New York City could double or even triple, making it as hot in 2050 as Birmingham, Alabama, is now," Reuters reported ahead of the report, citing information from the city's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR). Right now, by the way, Birmingham has a high of 93°F. New York City's forecast is a bit cooler today with a high of 80°F.
But back to that messy forecast for a few decades from now. Here's the SIRR's real look ahead — with that arrow pointing to the number of days over 90°F per year... and that's a lot of days:
So: There will be heat waves, more of them, and they'll last longer. and those heat waves will last longer. "Some of the city's underground infrastructure could become too hot, 'like being in an oven beneath the street,'" Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway told reporters on Monday. Great, just great.