Hot way back when: Arizonans share their heat memories

By Nick Sanchez
Published: Friday, August 18, 2023 - 12:37pm
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2023 - 12:59pm

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The sun.

Phoenix might finally be getting a brief reprieve from the sweltering desert heat this weekend. However, that record-breaking stretch of temps in the 110s throughout July is something we will never forget.

It’s clear our climate is getting hotter — but just how different was it a generation or two ago? 

For that, The Show turned to you, our listeners. You might have heard the callout, asking you to send in your heat stories — memories of how you dealt with the heat in the past and just how much things have changed.

Here are the stories of John James, Bill Baker, Janet Jorgensen and John Kramer.

Bill Baker on life before AC

John James on summer sleeping porches

John James on chilly Halloweens

Janet Jorgensen on wearing bathing suits to bed

John Kramer on cooling bike rides

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