Living or visiting Phoenix Arizona can be a matter of life or death.
- It’s unfortunate how many people take the severity of the extreme heat for granted.
They don’t understand that our bodies can only bare but so much, and they will push themselves to unimaginable limits. Perhaps you already know that Phoenix is literally in the middle of the desert, so it’s no surprise that it gets really hot here. In fact, the temperature can easily rise into the triple digit range. And every year, there is always some kind of report about people being rescued due to heat exhaustion or even worse, some have succumbed to it. The trails have proven to be dangerous because many of them have no place to cool down from the extreme temperatures. I moved to Phoenix about 20 years ago, and over the years, I have noticed that the temperature has gotten hotter and hotter. And when the weather is scorching hot outside, I don’t mind staying inside in the air conditioning. Of course, there are times that I do go out, but I frequent places that have air conditioning. They include museums, malls, art galleries, movie theaters, and more. If I go to a concert, it’s usually at night or inside a venue with climate control. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time in natural spaces as well, but those natural spaces can be detrimental to my health. So, I would rather skip going hiking during the summertime, and opt for places with air conditioning instead, and that includes the comfort of my own home.