Environment Planet Earth You Know It's Hot Outside When the Traffic Lights Are Melting By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated June 05, 2017 Photo: Jets and Zeppelins/Flickr. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Weather Outdoors Conservation Redditor Mohayat lives in Kuwait and snapped this amazing photograph of a traffic light literally melting under the hot summer sun. a burning car (edit: turns out it was a burning car that melted the traffic light). Here is the current weather and forecast for Kuwait. Want to see something crazy? This is the forecast for Phoenix, Ariz. Here is Las Vegas. Is the term "the oven states" a thing? Because it should be. The new reality is that the southern and western states in the U.S. are going to bake every summer. Throw in steadily declining water supplies across the region, and it's not hard to envision future population shifts to cooler and wetter states. How do you really live in a place where it's hotter than 100 degrees for more than 100 or 120 days straight? Welcome to the new world. Thank you global warming.