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But it’s a dry heat…

It was 120 here today. So they tell us. Cold snap is coming in, though: down to a chilly 105 by next Thursday. Brrr!


LOL! Can you believe I actually grew up in that place?

By comparison, this part of the world looks pretty lush…and trust me, 120 in Arizona is balmy compared to a summer day in the Rub’ al Khali.



Rub’ al Khali: Nepenthes. CC BY-SA 3.
Sonoran Desert National Monument. BLM. Public domain.

9 thoughts on “But it’s a dry heat…”

  1. I just…can’t…no…

    I’m too fair to deal with heat and sun like that.

    Tried going out on a hike tonight with my usual group and thought I could take the more strenuous route. Nope. I had to turn back because I was feeling dizzy and nauseous from exercising so hard in the sun. It wasn’t even that hot here today.

    How do you live there?

    • Wear a hat. Always carry water, especially when hiking. Wear light-colored clothes that reflect heat from sunlight. Get used to it. Have a large budget for air-conditioning bills.

      Actually, people who live here upwards of a year do become accustomed to it. When they go back to the Midwest they think it’s too cold and dark there. 😀

      • Yeah, I was doing all that (hat, hydration pack, long-sleeved shirt with sunblocking treatment) and it still didn’t help. I’m sure I’ll adjust eventually, but just couldn’t do it last night.

      • Don’t eat much before going out. Your body doesn’t need to contend with heat while also trying to digest a lot of food.

        And of course, the other key to living in a gigantic hotbox is to have a swimming pool and to stay wet all the time.

  2. Oy. Friend from thereabouts told me the temp from this week and my eyebrows still haven’t climbed down from my hairline. That is scary hot.

  3. 120 degrees!!!! WOW…I won’t be complaining about our 90 degree weather with HIGH HUMIDITY……I can only imagine 120…..

  4. It actually soon will be humid. June 15 is the official first day of “monsoon season,” as established by the National Weather Service.

    That’s a big specious. Said “season” is actually a phenomenon. Damp air rising from the Sea of Cortes flows into Arizona and New Mexico, hitting hot, dry air and generating thunderstorms. Some of these can drop a fair amount of rain. Overall humidity levels rise significantly. But the trade-off is that a good thunderstorm will drop temps by 20 to 30 degrees.

  5. My dad and stepmom used to live in Bullhead City, right across the river from Nevada. Hotter than Hell’s waiting room in the summer. I still don’t know how they stood it for twenty-something years.

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