Sizzle and sweat

temperature

Not a dry heat

Ever since moving to the desert I have steadfastly insisted that the heat "isn't that bad," especially if you don't think about it. My neighbor, Wanda, thinks about it constantly, and she is, as a result, just miserable from May to September.

This summer, however, has tested my resolve. So far this month, temperatures have reached over 110°F on 17 of 24 days. New highs have been set four times so far this month (see table below). And with lows in the upper 80s and low 90s, there haven't been a lot of cool desert breezes to enjoy at night. Most important, it has not been a "dry heat." Humidity has often been high, making any trip to the outdoors equivalent to entering a steam bath.

Palm Springs High/Low Temperatures, July 2006
DateHighLowRecord
High
Record
Low
111186118 / 196758 / 1933
210985119 / 198554 / 1979
310686118 / 200154 / 1935
410786120 / 198958 / 1956
510482120 / 193155 / 1978
610980119 / 194258 / 1946
710981117 / 197659 / 1935
811183119 / 195861 / 1935
911488120 / 195860 / 1936
1011180123 / 197960 / 1979
1111280121 / 195859 / 1936
1211376120 / 198560 / 1947
1311680120 / 200556 / 1932
1411685119 / 200364 / 1966
1511885118 / 200661 / 1940
1611080120 / 199857 / 1940
1710382120 / 200556 / 1940
1811085120 / 194759 / 1940
1911285119 / 197859 / 1932
2011389118 / 197863 / 1940
2112091120 / 200660 / 1978
2212193121 / 200661 / 1957
2311692116 / 200659 / 1957
2411391120 / 192862 / 1958