Residents Make the Best of the Heat
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PALM SPRINGS - It's day three of this extreme heat and while this weather may be shocking to tourists, for residents-- it's to be expected. "I don't really mind the heat, I really don't. I mean I live here and I know a lot of people complain about it but I really don't mind it,” says Cathedral City resident Cheryl Gonzales. Gonzales has figured out how to beat the triple digit heat. "We went to the mall. I let them play in the little area they have, then we went to Barnes and Noble and read some books and then we came here to the park with a water fountain, so that's how we stay cool. I keep them busy that way indoors, but if we're outdoors, you got to get the kids wet because it's hot,” says Gonzales.
It’s been so hot in the valley, many say it's almost unbearable. "It's amazingly hot. You can't do much. You can't breathe. You can't leave the house. You need air conditioning everywhere you go. It's very uncomfortable,” says Indian Wells resident Julie Gainsley. Some residents say it could always be worse. "I keep reminding myself that in Baghdad they are living in 120 degree weather daily and that's a cold snap for them, so it's actually quite a privilege to experience heat like this where it's controlled. We have air conditioning and wonderful shops and restaurants and places to go,” says Indian Wells resident Bill Urban. No matter how you choose to escape the heat, Gonzales says having an action plan is key. "The kids, I mean, they don't really mind. They actually like being outside even though it's hot. I just keep them cool with pops and iced water,” says Gonzales. It is expected to cool down as the week continues.