Seattle has cooler summer weather

Seattle is the best major metropolitan area in the U.S. to escape the summer heat, according to a new report. (Michael Robinson Chavez, Los Angeles Times)

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Thinking of escaping the summer heat? A new report lists the country's most "chill cities," based on daily high temperatures, humidity and nighttime low temperatures. 

It's no surprise that sunny Southern California's weather means the region isn't represented in the top 10 list, but San Francisco came in at No. 3 and San Jose ranked No. 5. 

Seattle topped the list, which ranks the largest U.S. metropolitan areas for summer comfort.

"Of the 50 largest metro areas in the United States, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco have the most comfortable summers, with mild temperatures, cool nights and humidity so low it’s barely noticeable," according to the report by Bert Sperling, whose research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces ranks the best places to live, work, retire, play or relocate. 

Although Los Angeles didn't make it into the top 10, it did land at No. 19, and San Diego came in at No. 17. 

Here's the top 10 list of "chill cities": 

1. Seattle
2. Portland, Ore.       
3. San Francisco 
4. Denver  
5. San Jose   
6. Buffalo, N.Y.      
7. Salt Lake City       
8. Milwaukee
9. Detroit   
10. Pittsburgh

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