Surviving the Phoenix Summer Heat

If you’re currently here, then you know it’s hot. And today’s going to be hot beyond hot, topping out somewhere just south of 120 degrees in the shade. Far from a record, by the way … this from a survivor of the 122-degree temps from 20-plus years ago.

Surviving Phoenix Heat
Photo credit: CrrazyChaz via Flickr Creative Commons

If you’re not here, or are here for the first time, here are some things to know …

1) “No one seems to be on the streets.” A client from Vancouver mentioned that a couple of Aprils ago, and I usually hear it in May and June as well. The reason is simple – when you live in the desert, you don’t go out in the heat just for the hell of it all. It’s no different than living in the cold; when the daytime high is 4 degrees, you’re not going to go for a stroll.

Stay inside where it’s air conditioned as much as you can during daylight hours. End of story.

2) If you’ve got to leave, make sure you put on some sunscreen. I personally break this one routinely, which I’m sure will bite me someday. I’m adjusted to the sun, but I don’t think our enemy skin cancer really cares much. The sun’s going to bake you and quickly; you can go from ghastly white to beet red in about 10 minutes in this kind of weather, so be ready.

3) Stay hydrated. Indoors or out, drink plenty of water. Especially when you don’t really feel thirsty because, once you feel thirsty, it’s too late and you’re starting to dehydrate.

These things sound a little drastic, I admit, but sometimes it’s better to err on the side of caution, especially when you’re either making your first summer trip here or getting ready to spend your first summer in the Valley of the Sun.

The good news? We’ll be done with our 100-degree temperatures in another 10 to 11 weeks and monsoon thunderstorms should be appearing within a couple of weeks.

Relief, and a beautiful fall, are closer than you think.

Also check out my broker’s post on the heat from a couple of years back.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at