Summer in Phoenix: It’s Baaaack

There is a season we huddle in our houses–no sense ruining your day by going out. Comfort drinks to soothe you while you listen to the weather report, wondering when it will all be over. That used to be winter. Now it’s summer in Phoenix. It will be 110 degrees by the end of the week, and it will be followed by 120 more days that are 100 degrees or above.

Things I’ve learned from my second summer in Phoenix:

—You CAN fry an egg on the sidewalk. This is best done around the summer solstice, when the sun is directly overhead at noon.

Victoria's page in the Sonoran Traveling Journal

Victoria's page in the Sonoran Traveling Journal

—A dip in a 95-degree pool is refreshing.

— You will walk half a mile in heat so hot your feet get stuck in the parking lot tar. This is not to get close to the mall entrance. This is to get that space under a tree.

—You carry a small cooler with a water bottle or 3 in it. A water bottle left in a cup holder is hot enough to make soup.

—You don’t leave CDs in the car. They melt. Even in the CD player.

—You don’t carry a black purse. The contents is too hot to touch.

—You put your iPhone in a light-colored cover. No one believes that iPhones  don’t work if it gets over 95 dgrees except for residents of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.

–You bring plants in for the summer. It gets too hot for many plants outside.

—You know there will be churning dust storms and rain storms so violent they are called “monsoons.” You leave extra time to clean your pool after these storms.

—“Geezer Glasses”–those giant sunglasses that slip over your regular glasses suddenly seem like a good idea. The glasses that get dark don’t work in your car because your windows are tinted. And you can take them off when they fog over when you walk into a store.

—You carry a sweater into a store because the difference between the outside temperature and inside temperature is often 30 degrees or more.

— At midnight, it’s still 96 degrees. You think that’s cool.

One of the Traveling Journals came back–Summer in the Sonoran. It will go out next week, I need to keep it for my class at Changing Hands on Saturday. That’s an image done by Victoria Pearman, above.

You can write in the journals, too. Check out the details about all the journals here. Or, drop me an email at Rawartjournal [at] gmail [dot] com.

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and journal keeper who loves living in Phoenix.

7 thoughts on “Summer in Phoenix: It’s Baaaack

    • I cried when I saw your pages. Tomorrow is Theme Thursday, so yours will be up Friday.
      They are the most moving pages I’ve seen so far. A real gift to everyone who sees them.

  1. We stopped in Elkton, OK, one summer and went to the rodeo that night – had cooled down to 95. Suddenly a single breeze – and you heard this small wave of “OOhh..” as it passed through the crowd. It was the only one of the evening.

  2. Good description! I sympathize, spent 23 years in Phoenix. Actually, I grew to kind of like the heat. I won’t even consider entering a swimming pool under 95 degrees! It’s when the nights don’t cool down at all that it gets a little oppressive.

    Live there long enough and you’ll need a sweater when temperatures drop down to 80 degrees. 65 degrees requires heavy jacket.

    • That is SO funny–and so right. I’m going to New Hampshire in mid-July and I’m taking a jacket! They’ve asked me if I’ll water-ski because the water will be “almost 70” then. HAH!

  3. This type of climate is only ‘fun’ as long as there are airconditioning and other types of artificial cooling available.

    Enjoy the pool!


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