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Old 01-05-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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Default but, how do you handle the heat in summer?

I'm looking for an area in AZ to relocate to, in and around Scottsdale is very nice, how do you handle the 115 degree summer days? Do you get used to it? Do you hide in air conditioning? How nasty is it?
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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I'm looking for an area in AZ to relocate to, in and around Scottsdale is very nice, how do you handle the 115 degree summer days? Do you get used to it? Do you hide in air conditioning? How nasty is it?
Both. If you have the time, cool pine forests are a couple hours away. We usually spend a month or so visiting relatives in somewhat cooler areas in summer too.

I'll tell you this. I like the hot time more than this miserable cold we have been having. When it is hot I still have my morning and evenings on the patio. You'd have to be crazy to sit outside in the dark in 30 degrees drinking your morning coffee. So I guess that is part of it too - it can be quite pleasant for outdoor living early and late even in the warmer months.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Both. If you have the time, cool pine forests are a couple hours away. We usually spend a month or so visiting relatives in somewhat cooler areas in summer too.

I'll tell you this. I like the hot time more than this miserable cold we have been having. When it is hot I still have my morning and evenings on the patio. You'd have to be crazy to sit outside in the dark in 30 degrees drinking your morning coffee. So I guess that is part of it too - it can be quite pleasant for outdoor living early and late even in the warmer months.
Isn't that the truth! I've been getting a little nostalgic for summer, never thought I'd say that.

Tolerance of the heat is pretty much an individual thing, lots of different ways to handle it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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It seems some people love the heat, others get used to it, some tolerate it and some others hide from it. There are those who hate it and never get used to it. As Observer said, it's a very individualized thing.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The heat here isn't that bad. I moved here in July and had my baptism by fire. The worst part for me was getting into my car each afternoon. You learn to deal with it. If you're going to spend time outside make sure to have a hat and sunscreen and drink water. Lots of water.

I'll take Phoenix summer over midwest winter.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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I despise the heat, have never gotten used to it and would take a midwest winter any day!

As was said, it's a very individualized thing.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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You do outdoor activities either very early or very late and otherwise spend time in A/Ced buildings (your home, the store, restaurants, the mall, museums, etc). Every few weekends, take a day trip up to the mountains where the temperatures are perfect.
After a few years, you get used to it and have a whole new "issue": dealing with the cold....
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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You do outdoor activities either very early or very late and otherwise spend time in A/Ced buildings (your home, the store, restaurants, the mall, museums, etc). Every few weekends, take a day trip up to the mountains where the temperatures are perfect.
After a few years, you get used to it and have a whole new "issue": dealing with the cold....
Personally, I never have gotten used to the cold. I grew up in the heat. I even used to be a be a presser in a drycleaners in the heat. It was routinely 120 degrees inside with superheated steam blowing in my face. I fare much better in the heat than I do in cold.
I've lived in the cold for 22 years now. I've never got used to it. One of the many reasons I'll be moving back to the desert.
If I'm hot, A/C cools me off in minutes or jump in a pool or lake.
If I'm cold, sitting beside a warm fireplace won't warm me entirely for hours. If I'm cold the only thing that warms me up is a sizzling hot shower so for me, it's much easier to cool off than it is to warm up.
Besides, when it's warm there is no changing clothes all the time. Shorts and a light shirt both inside or out.
In cold weather, you must change or add clothing just to go outside.
I'll take hot over cold anyday of the week.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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I'm looking for an area in AZ to relocate to, in and around Scottsdale is very nice, how do you handle the 115 degree summer days? Do you get used to it? Do you hide in air conditioning? How nasty is it?
I try to stay home as much as possible in the summer, especially during the day. Even know I was born and raised in Phoenix doesn't mean I ever got used to it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Besides, when it's warm there is no changing clothes all the time. Shorts and a light shirt both inside or out.
In cold weather, you must change or add clothing just to go outside.
Aint that the truth. I ride a bicycle almost everyday and either find out I have too much on or too little. The worst is when you are both sweating and cold at the same time.

To the OP, you can acclimatize to the heat by exposing yourself to it for gradually longer periods each day. 115 may not be pleasant but by going slow, effective use of shade and drinking plenty of fluids you can handle it. Listen to your body. It will tell you when you've been out too long. Don't jump right in and spend a whole day working on rooftops in July as your first experience.
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