Escaping the Heat on the Hottest Day of the Year
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PALM DESERT - The heat was on Saturday marking the hottest day of the year for the desert so far. Some areas of the desert hit over 120 degrees. It's those temperatures that can be deadly if you're not careful. If you thought Friday’s high of 117 was hot, think again. A Palm Desert sign read 126 degrees at 3 pm on Saturday. "I'm already getting kind of hot and sweaty and a little dewy just standing here,” says Julie Lennon. She says the heat is pretty bad in the valley. "I just walked down to get something to eat and now I’m walking back. That's all I can stand,” says tourist Tricia Grant. Some can stand it, though. In fact, some even travel to the desert to soak it all in. "We came from Seattle to get out of the rain and enjoy the heat so I’m loving the heat,” says tourist Kim Bodnar. If you’re looking to beat the heat, folks say there’s plenty to do. "Take the tram to the top of the mountain. Go to a spa, go to the pools, stay in doors where it’s air conditioning and shop!" says Bodnar.
Riverside County offers up a few tips as well. Change your workout time. If you workout outside try and plan to exercise later on at night when the temperatures are cooler. They say to stay hydrated-- probably one of the most important tips. During the extreme heat making sure your body stays hydrated will prevent heat stroke, sleepiness, and shortness of breath. Next, avoid caffeine and alcohol-- two things that cause dehydration. If you do not have air conditioning, try to spend the majority of your day in a library, shopping center, or a cool center. Finally, wear looser fitting clothing. It will keep you cooler and make you sweat less when outdoors. "I do try to avoid being in the sun for too long. I do go indoors and try and cool my body down. I wear lots of sunscreen,” says Lennon.
So, weather you're the type that enjoys the heat. "If it cooled down a little bit I would be ok with it but the heat doesn't bother me,” says Bodnar. Or if you pump up the AC, "Oh no, no, no, I don't want anymore heat. This is my limit for sure,” says Lennon. One thing is for sure, these hot temperatures don't look like they're going anywhere, anytime soon. For more tips on how to stay safe in the heat, click here.