115+ Heat Keeping Streets Empty
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PALM SPRINGS - Here in the valley, temperatures are already hitting well over 100 degrees-- even in the morning. It's the kind of heat that can get you into trouble if you're not careful. On Friday night, the time was 7pm and the temperature was 111 degrees. "It's hard to adjust, it's amazingly hot. You can't breathe; you can't go out of the house. You need air conditioning everywhere you go,” says Indian Wells resident Judie Gainsley. "It's pretty unbearable. It feels like an oven. I've never felt heat like this before,” says tourist Tricia Grant. Some say the hot weather should be expected. "People come to the desert and expect it to be hot. If you've ever been to the desert in the summer, you know it can be well over 110 degrees. I actually enjoy it,” says Indian Wells resident Bill Urban.
Downtown Palm Springs was dead on Friday night. The usually bustling area had empty restaurants and barren streets; not even folks enjoying dinner under the misters. "There's absolutely nobody here whatsoever because they can't stand the heat,” says Gainsley.
In temps like this, folks say something as easy as a short walk can be underestimated. "I walked a couple blocks and I just feel drained. I can't wait to get back to the hotel,” says Grant. "I walked less than a mile and I thought I was going to faint,” says Gainsley. Though, once the sun goes down, some residents say it can be darn near perfect. "You can walk late in the evening. It's warm outside but it's not uncomfortable. Particularly this week, we've had a lot of moonlight. It's actually a wonderful environment,” says Urban. "Unless you can get into an air conditioned place, you're going to be in trouble. You could die from heat stroke,” says Gainsley. "It’s insane. It feels like you're melting,” adds Grant. As far as staying safe out there, we've heard it before but it's worth repeating. "Make sure you're hydrating with a lot of water and get to air conditioning,” says Gainsley. "Drink a lot of water during the day; maybe some adult beverages at night. Just take it easy and enjoy the valley,” says Urban.