Did you know that Arizona has a lot of Guinness World Records to date? Well, yes. It seems like earning a world record has been a piece of cake to the Grand Canyon State. This summer, Phoenix earned another title, and honestly, we’re not sure how to feel about it. Did you know that we just claimed the Phoenix Hottest Summer award? Oh, wait, you’re not surprised, are you?
August 2020 is the month of the ‘Phoenix Hottest Summer’
You would not believe this, in a span of record-breaking 35 days, Phoenix kept up with a high temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit! That’s insane, to think that the runner up kept as long as 33 days and that was way back 2011. We are not exaggerating stuff, but we think you can cook an egg outside with that temperature. In fact, have you heard about things melting in Arizona because of the intense heat? It’s so crazy!
When looking at the stats of the average maximum this Phoenix hottest summer at 107.9 degrees, it is still ridiculously higher compared to record toppers way back 1989 and 1978 at 107.6 degrees.
Why is it so scorching hot in Phoenix right now?
To tell you frankly, Phoenix is not the only place that is hotter than what it used to be. Of course, climate change is a factor, but there are other significant reasons too. If you’ve heard about the weather pattern which is preventing the valley from getting monsoons, it’s the same for Phoenix for not having humidity at all. So why does it happen? There aren’t that many clouds covering the skies. Since it lacks humidity, there is also a lack of water vapor which just makes it heat the air.
Another factor would be the urban heat island effect. The temperature gets higher especially during night time because of the accumulated man-made materials that are heat-retaining. Examples of these are concrete and asphalt.
How can we survive this intense heat?
While we might joke around about this tremendous temperature (we even have memes about summer in Arizona), this is a health risk that you should take seriously. It is pretty bad, and if you don’t get careful, you might have a heat stroke. Here are some of the tips which can help you cope up with the Phoenix hottest summer:
- Drink more than 8 glasses of water daily. You need to get hydrated especially with the immense heat. When going out, don’t forget to bring your water bottles. On top of that, you can also store a lot of ice in your freezer it can help you cool down when needed. Just remember to hydrate as often as possible.
- If planning to go out for outdoor activities, plan it during early mornings. Even evenings in Phoenix are extremely hot. The temperature gets around below 80 degrees at 4 am, so please take note of that. Additionally, you should come out wearing sunscreen to protect your skin. The sun’s rays are no joke, and if you are experiencing the Phoenix Hottest Summer, don’t you think you should double up your protection?
- Don’t stay in your cars for too long especially during the peak time of the hot temperature because it might be suffocating. You should also be careful when touching your dashboard, belt buckles, and other car tools to avoid getting burned. Don’t park your car on spaces with no shade to avoid “toasting” everything inside your vehicle.
- Even going out at night, stay away from bees. It has been reported that there are some bee attacks during the summer season and there are even fatalities because of it.
- Instead of doing outdoor activities, try these indoor activities in Arizona. We promise you, it’s going to be fun as well!
How are you keeping up with Phoenix’s hottest summer? If looking for places to keep you cool at these hot times, you should check out these indoor places in Arizona.
We also want you to leave with a smile on your face. Before you go, click on this article about 11 Beautiful Images to Take Your Mind Off of the Coronavirus in Arizona.
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