Summer has arrived here in the Sonoran Desert. I am often asked, “What do you do when it is 110 degrees outside?” (This most often is asked by people who shovel 8 feet of snow every winter.)
The answer is simple- we stay inside. Or in the pool.
Mind you, we don’t stay inside all day long. The intense heat peaks around 5 pm so we have all morning and the early afternoon to run errands or meet friends for lunch. But extreme weather requires preparation regardless of whether it is hot or cold. Here are five things we do in Arizona to survive the summer:
- We make sure the AC is working. We do this in March when the AC guys have some free time. Come July, they will just laugh at you if you call and say you need them immediately.
- We have an evacuation route planned to the nearest pool. Whether this is the nearest community pool or the pool in the backyard, the route is in place long before the temps hit 100. However, if the nearest pool is far away, we abide by rule #4.
- We have Instant Pots for cooking. The current craze for this newest version of a pressure cooker likely had its start in AZ. When it’s too hot to turn on a stove or to BBQ outside, this little gadget saves us from a summer long diet of cold sandwiches for dinner.
- We stay off the roads after 4 pm. Asphalt soaks up heat like a sponge soaks up water. When it hits 110 outside a freeway can get as hot as the surface of the sun- hot enough to cause a tire to blow out. And the AAA dispatcher will laugh as hard as the AC guy if you demand immediate attention on a July afternoon.
- We are patient. This, too, will pass. We wait out the extreme heat by visiting a museum or going to a movie. Or we hang out at the pool and are grateful we don’t have to shovel that sunshine!
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M.A. Simonetti is the author of the Malibu Mystery Series which features Alana Fox, who is no Spring Chicken. You can view the first chapters of her books and order them here: https://bit.ly/2bjwfXr