(USA Today)-- At one point on Monday, the temperature in Sochi was higher than it was in warm-weather spots like Los Angeles and San Diego, with temperatures coming in at 61 degrees and sunny at mid-day on the Black Sea coast and 55 degrees in Krasnaya Polyana, the hub for the mountain events.
As Dan Wolken notes, the high temperatures were expected to significantly impact skiing and snowboarding conditions. The high temperature in Sochi on Monday was warmer than 17 of the 22 cities that have hosted the Summer Olympics.
Though the Monday mercury in those cities will eventually top the 61 degrees hit at the Winter Olympics site, the following American cities were among those that were colder than the spot of the biggest winter sports competition in the world.
- Houston (55 degrees)
- Atlanta (50 degrees)
- Myrtle Beach (55 degrees)
- Flagstaff, Ari. (50 degrees)
- San Antonio (53 degree)
- San Francisco (59 degrees)
- Santa Fe (56 degrees)
- Dallas (38 degrees)
- Albuquerque (61 degrees)
- Birmingham (45 degrees)
The temperatures were even balmy up in the Sochi mountains. Krasnaya Polyana, the site of a number of races, hovered around 55 degrees on Monday afternoon.
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