Keeping Cool in Coachella Valley’s Desert Climate

How the locals beat the heat and stay cool in Coachella Valley:

Start Your Day Early

One of the ways to beat the heat and avoid the harsh rays of the sun is to get up early.  Temperatures are typically coolest, lower than 80 degrees, at sunrise. It continues to be cool until late in the morning. Set your alarm clock early and wake, not snooze, so you can do some yard work or enjoy your workout outdoors. Even some shops and supermarkets are open as early as 6:00 AM.

Take a Cold Shower

This is an easy way to lower your body temperature for as much as up to an hour. It also feels especially refreshing after spending the entire day outside, sweating. It will also help you feel more comfortable before going to sleep. If you are environmentally conscious, there is the added benefit of taking a cold shower. You will be able to lower your carbon footprint, as cold showers use less electricity. Cold showers rarely encourage people to spend much time in them, helping you lower your water bill.

Open Your Car Windows

Lowering your car windows, even for just a tiny bit, helps promote air circulation, reducing the heat within the space by as much as 30 degrees. Just try to park in a safe and crowded area to discourage theft.

Keep Your Blinds and Curtains Closed

Keep your home cool by keeping your blinds and curtains closed. Direct sunlight can quickly turn the indoors into an oven, so block the sun’s rays as much as possible, especially from high noon to late in the afternoon.

Wear Sunscreen

Invisible UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C rays that come from the sun can do irreparable and long-term damage to your skin. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that it at least SPF 50 to protect you from these harmful rays. Slather it on even if you will be depending the entire day indoors.

Places That Will Help You Keep Cool

Also, consider visiting these locations to find some cool relief and fun:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers stunning, sweeping 360-degree views of the desert floor as it slowly ascends up to the San Jacinto Mountains. At the end of this 10-minute journey, you arrive at the peak, where the temperature is at least 30 degrees cooler than on the desert floor.
  • Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center – Located approximately two hours away from Palm Springs, Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center is a great place to cool off. The amazing Buccaneer Bay has various water slides that will plunge sunseekers straight to the pool, while the aquatics center offers swimming lessons for both kids and adults. You can also opt to relax at the spa.
  • Head to The Beach – There are few things as instinctively natural as spending a day at the beach when the sun is high. The salty Salton Sea is the closest option from Palm Springs, but if you are up to make the drive, head to the beaches of the San Diego and Orange County coast. Options include Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, La Jolla, and Corona del Mar, and Salt Creek in Dana Point.
  • Palm Springs Art Museum – If you would like to immerse yourself in art and design while cooling off, Palm Springs Art Museum is the best place to go. There are three locations in Coachella Valley; two in Palm Springs and one in Palm Desert. The main museum along Museum Drive, which houses the Annenberg Theater, offers free admission every Thursday (4:00 – 8:00 PM) and second Sundays.

The Architecture and Design Center – Along Palm Canyon Drive is the Architecture and Design Center, a mid-century marvel and home of the Edwards Harris Pavilion. Finally, the Palm Desert outpost along Highway 111 is free to the public and showcases a variety of glass works and sculptures.

  • Great Shakes – Few things feel as good as licking an ice cream cone or sipping a fruit shake on a hot day. If you want the best, head on over to Great Shakes at 160 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

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