Hot Times Ahead

It looks to be a very, very hot Fourth of July Week here for us in the Southwestern Deserts. The National Weather Service has issued this heat warning for our area:

HEAT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM MST WEDNESDAY…
THE HEAT ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM MST WEDNESDAY. THE
STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE NOW CENTERED OVER FAR WESTERN
ARIZONA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OVER
ARIZONA THROUGH INDEPENDENCE DAY. THIS WILL PROVIDE SOUTHEAST
ARIZONA WITH THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES OF THE YEAR. TEMPERATURES
THIS AFTERNOON ARE EXPECTED TO TOP OUT 6 TO 9 DEGREES ABOVE
SEASONAL NORMALS AND NEAR RECORD VALUES. A FEW MORE DEGREES OF
WARMING ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN TODAY AND INDEPENDENCE DAY…MAKING
FOR A VERY HOT HOLIDAY. HENCE THE HEAT ADVISORY THAT IS IN EFFECT
FOR THIS AFTERNOON HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES ON TUESDAY ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 105 IN EASTERN
VALLEYS TO 117 IN THE FAR WESTERN DESERTS. ADDITIONAL WARMING IS
EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY WITH TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM 106 IN THE
EASTERN VALLEYS TO 119 IN THE FAR WESTERN DESERTS. THE TUCSON
METRO AREA IS EXPECTED TO BE 111 ON TUESDAY AND AT LEAST 113 ON
INDEPENDENCE DAY. WITH THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE READINGS EXPECTED
ON INDEPENDENCE DAY…PEOPLE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD
USE EXTREME CAUTION.

We usually go to a local Fourth of July Parade and celebration, but we are debating whether or not to attend this year.

Good thing we turned our air conditioning on for the first time last week…