See How Climate Change Is Affecting Your Hometown With The New York Times' Interactive Tool

2018 will be the fourth hottest year on record.

The slew of unexpected heat waves across the country this summer aren't just a one-time occurrence. As climate change continues to produce long-term global effects, temperatures are expected to keep skyrocketing over the next few years. 

As the New York Times reported this summer, 2018 is expected to be the fourth-hottest year on record. Globally, the only years hotter were the three previous ones — a record of steadily accelerating temperatures that scientists say is a clear indicator of climate change provoked by high greenhouse gas emissions. 

While annual variations in weather patterns will provide cooler periods in the coming years, the trend of climbing temperature is unlikely to change. A new report published in Nature Communications in August discovered the world can expect to experience even hotter heat waves over the next five years, with oceans expected to face the most extreme heat effects. 

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And whether you've noticed it or not, your hometown is likely experiencing warmer weather too. The New York Times recently created an interactive tool that allows you to chart just how much hotter your city has gotten since your birth year, as well as how much hotter it's likely to get. Simply plug in your city and state, and a graph will showcase the average amount of days above 90 degrees before and after your year of birth. In most cases, you'll notice a noticeable growth in the days with higher temperatures, with a particularly steady incline in the last few years. 

As environmentalists continue to fight for policy change on a global scale, the chart is an important reminder that climate change is having a clear and widespread impact on millions of people around the world — and you don't have to venture too far outside of your own front yard to see it. 

Cover image via  lexaarts / Shutterstock.

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