How to Survive in Arizona Heat

Arizona Heat up to 119° F recorded on June 19, 2017

If you are planning to visit Arizona, the first and foremost thing which you should take in your mind is Arizona’s extreme heat and Phoenix’s hot weather. You must know How to Survive in Arizona Heat? We all know its dry heat in Arizona. I am writing this blog to tell you that how to Survive in Phoenix Arizona Heat? I am not scaring you about the Dry heat. It’s just my way to deal with the heat. Trust me if you survive in summer, you will have the best weather in winter. Your friends will be chilling in cold weather in Chicago, Michigan and New York. You will be partying in swimming pool. My CCI Program fellows know how beautiful it is in winter. It has the best weather in the country in December.

Summers in Phoenix are hottest in the World. If you keep in mind some precautions, then you will be saved from every kind of heat illness. Drinking plenty of water is the first and the most effective way to beat the Arizona heat. There is also much more to keep in mind about yourself, family and pets.

The Changing Phoenix Weather

The hot season has become lengthy in Arizona. The death rates have grown due to Increase in heat. What could be the condition of people in this weather that tops out 120 F?

Factors responsible for Arizona Heat & weather

Many factors bring to Arizona’s blistering climate, but we will discuss here only five.

  1. Location of Phoenix: Arizona is located much comparatively closer to the equator. As a result, Arizona picks up much heat from Sun. Longer days extend more chance for things to fire up.
  2. Elevation of Arizona: Phoenix is about 1,000 feet high from sea level. This the reason Phoenix whether so hot above sea level. But many places are at a higher altitude and thus cooler.
  3. High pressure: Phoenix’s weather map exemplifies high atmospheric pressure. Because high pressure often results in clear, dry conditions, this takes parts of Phoenix’s uttermost heat. Sunny days have more time for heating up and less time for cooling the earth.
  4. Heat is dry: June is the hottest month. In June average rain is only 0.02/inch. The dry air causes uttermost temperatures. The lack of humidity takes place which means it takes less energy to heat up.
  5. Urban Heat: Heat is more extreme in urban areas as compared to non-developed areas due to buildings built by concrete and asphalt in metro areas. These Buildings hold on to heat more than the countryside. Industrial Development, particularly from last 30 to 40 years, has worked here.

Temperature of Arizona

The average temperature in Phoenix, Arizona is 104 °F. The maximum temperature in Phoenix so far was recorded on June 26, 1990, at 2:47 p.m., it was 122 °F (50 °C). So far this year the record shows 119 °F. Extreme heat like that experienced in Arizona can be dangerous even deadly, pushing the human body beyond its limits. People should take notes of this article about Phoenix Weather so they can live comfortably in Arizona. There are a lot of precautions like Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty, do not drink which contains caffeine, never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles etc. However, the following are the top actionable things you must do in order to survive in Phoenix, Arizona. Climate scientists are worried about this condition. They are incorporating cool-roof technology to reduce Arizona’s heat effect. These steps could be efficacious to take down the urban-heating trend.

Tips to beat Arizona Heat:

– Drink Water – Drink Drink My Friend

Drink a lot of Water in Phoenix Arizona

Water gets more important especially when you are in the Phoenix. You should drink water more than you drink in a normal routine so that your water level in your body should remain balanced. Some other precautions:

– People those stay mostly indoors all day should drink at least 2 liters of water per day.

– People that spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour that they are outdoors.

– People that do strenuous activity outdoors should be very careful. You should drink much water. Your body can lose up to 4 liters of water per hour during strenuous activity.

– You should carry water with you and drink even if you do not feel thirsty.

– Other Drinks

Other Drinks to beat Phoenix Arizona Heat

Use soft drinks and juices to beat the Arizona Heat. These keep the water level in your body normal along with giving you a sweet taste.

– Take bath before you leave

take bath to beat Arizona Heat

The most important way to overcome Arizona Heat is “To take a bath” before you leave your house. Bathing keeps your body cool and it’s an easy way to adjust you in Phoenix Weather.

– Swimming

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When you consume your efficient time in a pool for swimming, it automatically keeps your body temperature normal in hot Phoenix Weather. Swim as much as you can.

– Wear Hat or Pea Cap

Wear Hat or Pea Cap in Arizona

It is also a good idea to wear hats and pea caps or to use an umbrella to avoid direct sun light on your head.

– Wear light colors cloth

P.C. Forever 21: Wear light colors cloth in Summer
P.C. Forever 21: Wear light colors cloth in Summer

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy.

– Use Sunscreen

Use Sunscreen to protect skin from Arizona Heat

Always apply sunscreen to uncovered skin. It protects your face from harsh and burned light waves. It also prevents you from hot air and sharp sunlight associated with Phoenix Weather.

– Tissue/Handkerchief for Opening Metal Door

Tissue/Handkerchief for Opening Metal Door in Hot Weather

When you want to get into your car or you are outside the house or you are entering to a bank or a shopping plaza at noontime when the sun is burning, use a tissue or a handkerchief for opening metal doors. Metals and glasses are cruel at this time, which can burn your hand.

– Avoid Public Transportation

Avoid Public Transportation during hot weather in Arizona

Always avoid Public Transport in Phoenix, because traveling facilities may be less here in Public Transport. It takes really long time to catch another bus if you miss one and you may become the victim of sultry or any other breathing problem. Most of the people I have seen myself passing out on the bus stops.

– Double check your car maintenance

P.C. AutoLeadsLtd Home: Double check your car maintenance
P.C. AutoLeadsLtd Home: Double check your car maintenance

When planning a journey and trip, be careful about your car maintenance. Double check your car maintenance to avoid any unexpected machine failure. Imagine its 119 F and your car break down in the middle of nowhere. Its better to keep an eye on your vehicle’s position and maintenance.

– Eat Fruits & Vegetables to beat the heat

Eat Fruits & Vegetables to beat the Arizona heat

Eat small meals and eat more often. I would suggest eating more and more Fruits & Vegetables and avoid foods that are high in protein which increases metabolic heat.

– Carry light colors Umbrella

When going outside, always carry a light color umbrella, Light colors are heat resistants’ and prevent many harmful rays coming from Sun-side toward your side.

– Emergency Contact Numbers

emergency contact numbers

Keep with you a small Emergency Contacts Numbers dairy or a simple card which should have “In an emergency please contact Bob xxx-xxx-xxxx.” Or something like this. Contacts are necessary for you for an unforeseen tragedy. You never know anything can happen.

Arizona is not as bad as you think. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Arizona in summers like Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Grand Canyon National Park, or Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. These places are only a few hours away from the city of Phoenix.

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