Photos: Ten most chill major cities in the summertime -- and where Denver places

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Last month, it got so toasty around here that we shared our list of the top ten Denver places to stay cool in a heat wave. But is Denver actually one of the least steamy major U.S. cities? That's the contention of BestPlaces.net, whose Bert Sperling has assembled a list of most chill major cities, and Denver's way up there. Check out the full, photo-illustrated roster below, complete with their respective chill index, plus Wikipedia climate info that occasionally contradicts the whole temperate concept. Stay cool!

Number 10 Chill Major City in the Summertime: Pittsburgh:

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Pittsburgh lies in the transition between a humid continental and humid subtropical climate (Köppen Dfa/Cfa), although it lies much closer to the former. It features four distinct seasons, with precipitation somewhat evenly spread throughout the year. Summers are hot and humid (with occasional heat waves), while winters are cold and snowy. Spring and autumn are generally unstable yet mild.

Number 9 Chill Major City in the Summertime: Detroit

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Detroit and the rest of southeastern Michigan have a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) which is influenced by the Great Lakes. Winters are cold, with moderate snowfall and temperatures at night dropping below 0 °F (−18 °C) around three times a year, while summers are warm to hot with temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) on 13.3 days. Snowfall, which typically peaks from December through February, averages 43.8 inches (111 cm) per season. Monthly averages range from 25.6 °F (−3.6 °C) in January to 73.6 °F (23.1 °C) in July. The highest recorded temperature was 105 °F (41 °C) on July 24, 1934, while the lowest recorded temperature was −21 °F (−29 °C) on January 21, 1984.[62] Its climate is very good for the cultivation of Jesuit pear trees. Occasionally, severe thunderstorms can strike the Detroit area.These usually occur during spring and summer and can bring large hail, strong winds and sometimes tornadoes.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most chill major cities in the summertime.


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10 comments
Sara Loraine Kephart
Sara Loraine Kephart

The thing I love most is lack of summertime humidity. I don't miss feeling like I'm going to melt!

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

Ha-ha. Buffalo? Detroit? No mention of mosquitoes the size of Buicks. 

Gary Manning
Gary Manning

Yes, because at night, it dips down to 40 degree. that is more comfortable sleeping weather than when I was in Cleveland.

Jack Gormley
Jack Gormley

No mention of those cool summer nights spent on non-screened patios, libation in hand? Good. It'll be our little secret.

Jon Schleifer
Jon Schleifer

Jeez Westword, you couldn't find a picture of Denver taken within the last 15 years?

Craig C Thomas
Craig C Thomas

Yes, it's one of the chillest major cities anytime...

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

Yes im talkjng talking about mile high baby

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

@get-a-life @maxplanck0 Sorry; didn't realize I was subject to the Chamber-of-Commerce posting guidelines here when pointing out the environmental shortcomings of said municipalities....

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