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Phoenix breaks 2 heat records on Wednesday; chance of weekend storms

Phoenix shatters 2 heat records Wednesday, with potential weekend storms. Stay updated!

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Man, oh man! If you’re in Phoenix right now, you know the struggle is real. The temperature’s been climbing, and I’m talkin’ sizzlin’ hot, like a blazing inferno. We’re talkin’ 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more! Whew!

Thank the lucky stars for air conditioning, ’cause without it, we’d all be toast. It’s the lifeline that’s keepin’ us from turnin’ into human popsicles. But you know what? Even with AC, when the sun’s shinin’ bright and there’s no cloud in sight, your house becomes an air fryer or a broiler. Yeah, I’m talkin’ ’bout that roof of yours, suckin’ in that powerful heat and then spewin’ it right back atcha.

That’s what my man Jonathan Bean from the University of Arizona says. He knows his stuff ’cause he’s been studyin’ this heat wave phenomenon. He even had to endure it firsthand when his own air conditioner decided to take a vacation. Ouch!

Now, let’s talk danger, folks. This level of heat we’re dealin’ with is no joke, especially for those folks without AC or strugglin’ to foot those electricity bills. Evan Mallen from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Urban Climate Lab ain’t pullin’ any punches when he warns us about the risks.

But you know what? Some people are gettin’ crafty. Camille Rabany, a smart cookie, figured out her own system to keep cool without burnin’ a hole in her wallet. She found out that 83 F is her magic number, the temperature she can handle without robbin’ the bank. She tracks her utility’s on-peak and off-peak hours, thanks to her NEST smart thermostat, and keeps her house at that sweet spot from 4 to 7 p.m. when electricity costs an arm and a leg.

It’s not just her either. Emily Schmidt in Tempe is in the same boat, and she’s got a furry buddy to worry about too—her dog. Yeah, her and her partner are always battlin’ it out over how cool to keep the house. They’re like, “Ugh, I wish it was chillier in here, but we gotta keep it bearable for our pets.”

Then there are the seniors, bless ’em. They’re dealin’ with their own set of challenges. Limited income means they’re makin’ tough calls. Marilyn Brown from Georgia Tech knows what’s up. She’s seen it firsthand, folks skippin’ on meds or cuttin’ back on other essentials just to keep their AC runnin’.

And you know, it ain’t just a few people strugglin’. The Salvation Army’s been gettin’ busy, openin’ up cooling stations all over Phoenix. Lt. Colonel Ivan Wild’s seen people comin’ in, desperate for relief from the heat, ’cause their AC’s too pricey or just not cuttin’ it.

It’s like a vicious cycle, ain’t it? High AC bills squeezin’ the life outta your wallet, and folks givin’ up on other things just to beat the heat. It’s a rough ride, and it’s keepin’ folks stuck in the poverty loop, tryin’ to make ends meet while battlin’ the unforgivin’ heat.

So, stay cool, my friends, and let’s hope for a breeze to cool us down. We’re all in this together, fightin’ the heat wave like warriors. And hey, a big shoutout to Beatrice Dupuy and Melina Walling for sharin’ this story with us. You rock!

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