Thursday, May 13, 2010
I constantly get asked about what is it like to live in the summertime heat of Las Vegas. People not from the area always seem to act like living in Las Vegas is like living on another planet. Just like any place with extreme climate ranges, one must adapt but also have a strategy to handle the heat.
First of all, the heat is relentless in the summer in Las Vegas. People either deal with it or they leave. The "but it's a dry heat" line is complete nonsense. The heat is intense, it's brutal, and forces you to plan your day around it. Here are few tips about the heat if you are planning on a visit or moving here:
I have a rule of thumb. I call it the 90 by 9 rule. If it's 90 degrees before 9:00 a.m. then it will be a scorcher. Be prepared for a brutal day.
Any time the temperature goes to 104f degrees or higher, then watch it. 90-100f degrees is really nothing in the summer in Las Vegas. 101-103f degrees is toasty, but manageable. From 104f and up things get interesting. 104f and up forces one to modify their activity and plans. At 110f degrees it pretty much becomes impossible to do anything outside. Any outside activity is probably a safety issue. There is no difference between 110f and 115f. It is an inferno, pure and simple.
I try and get as many things done in the morning during the summer. The temperature is manageable up to around 11:00 a.m. After that, forget it. The hottest period of the day is the late afternoon. It seems odd that with the sun going down, the temperature would magically drop. Wrong! Because of the all the nice black asphalt roads in Las Vegas, the roads release all that stored heat toward the end of the day and into the evening. The heat is usually the most intense and brutal from around 2:00pm until the sun sets. Even after sunset, there is usually very little relief until after 8:00pm.
If you must go out in the heat of the summer, here are a few tips. Try and find shade of any kind to park your car under. Trees, shade of buildings, parking garages, etc. If possible try and keep your car out of direct sun. Do not leave anything in your car that can melt or explode. When walking around wear a hat and try and stay out the direct sun as much as possible. Drink as much water as possible.