Summer heat in Tucson is no joke. From June to September, Arizona is literally one of the hottest places on earth. With the sun blazing pretty much all day everyday, it can be a serious challenge to stay cool.
But the city has been around for a long time. And people keep moving here so clearly the heat is survivable – and even enjoyable. Here are some simple, time-tested ways to keep cool.
1. Get in the water
There are several cool and refreshing lakes an easy drive from Tucson, including gorgeous Patagonia Lake. There are also city pools you can check out. Better yet, make friends with someone who has a backyard pool!
2. Park in the shade
We’ll be the first to admit that this falls under the category “easier said than done” but whenever possible, find a shady spot to park your car. It’s your best shot at not needing oven mitts to handle your steering wheel. If you can’t manage a shady spot, stash a blanket for hot car seats and use a sun shade on your windshield to block the harshest rays.
3. Climb a mountain
Just an hour from Tucson is beloved Mt. Lemmon, with it’s lush and shady hiking and biking trails. Known for its ski trails in the winter, Mt. Lemmon is a full 20-30 degrees cooler than Tucson during the summer months!
4. Lay on the beach
Ok, this isn’t technically in Tucson. But it’s a relatively easy 6-hour drive from the city and according to folks who’ve been there, totally worth it. Imagine fresh seafood, frosty drinks and swaying palm trees and you’ve got San Carlos, “the breathtaking alternative to the Rocky Mountains. Bring your passport!
5. Avoid the sun
Perhaps the simplest advice is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Rearrange your day so that you don’t have to be out and about during the hottest hours. No one wants to be cooped up around the clock so plan an evening walk or bike ride to enjoy an evening breeze and fresh air before you get up and do it all over again in the morning.
As we said, the heat in Tucson is no joke. Make sure you know the signs and learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses, and have some fun soaking up the Vitamin D!