From the frying pan into the fire

Holy Smokes, it is HOT, HOT, HOT in Phoenix!

It is no secret that the desert Southwest can be brutally hot in the summer, and most pleasantly mild most of the rest of the year.

For the last three days record breaking temperatures have blasted into Arizona having arrived earlier than in the past. Not that we don’t get 100° and above days by this time, but not ones this high. Friday was above 114°, Saturday, was hotter still at 115°, today was 113°.

To give some idea to those living in the North, or some other more mild climates, imagine placing a roast in your oven at 450°,  then opening the door during the baking and being hit by that intense heat. That is, more or less, what it feels like going from a nice air conditioned building or car out into this intense heat. 

Oh yeah, it is a Dry heat alright, but, Hot is HOT. I had a drip system leak to repair this morning, then had some branches that needed to be trimmed back on a tree. Thankfully I had that all done before 9 a.m., by which time it had already climbed up to near 100°. As you can imagine, it was refreshing to get back inside to cool off. 

With some of my Ohio family arriving in just a few more days, I wonder what they will say when they step out of my brother’s truck and feel the blast furnace heat slap them in the face. One day my great niece wants to go for a hike near water, so I am taking them up near Black Canyon City, about 45 miles north where we can hike to the Aqua Fria River. The water level will be shallow but will allow us to actually sit in the water, if they wish, and cool down after the hike in. It will not be as hot there, but I will need to keep a cautious eye out for them and their safety. Dehydration is too common, especially to the uninitiated to this summer climate. I’m confident that I can handle 104°, but a little nervous for them.

An overnight trip to the Grand Canyon will be part of their visit, where the heat should be more tolerable. 

Looks like it’s gonna be a long hot summer.

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