Summer temperatures up 2 degrees every year since 2000, study shows

Grand Junction’s recent hot summers are part of a warming trend in temperatures across Colorado, in which average annual temperatures have been more than 2 degrees above the historical average every year since 2000, according to a study released by Environment Colorado.

The study, “Feeling the Heat: Global Warming and Rising Temperatures in the United States,” compared temperatures from 2000 to 2007 against historical averages from 1971 to 2000 for all 50 states.

Alamosa and Colorado Springs experienced similar temperature increases to Grand Junction, the study said.

Pueblo experienced average maximum temperatures, the highest recorded each day, that were more than 2 degrees higher than normal for 2007, and Colorado Springs recorded similar increases for the average minimum temperatures, or the lowest temperature logged each day.

Last year tied for the second warmest year globally, the study said, and seven of the eight warmest years of record occurred from 2001 to 2007.


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