In Phoenix, Homeless Battle Summer Heat
In Phoenix in the summer temperatures
average 108F-42C and often hit 115F-
44C- with a record if 122F-59C. There
is little rain with sunshine of 14 hours a day.
Night time temperatures average 85F-29C=
and often are over 90F-32C for a low.
It's not unusual for dozens of people to die every summer from heat exposure in the Phoenix area. In 2002, one of the hottest years in the past decade, more than 100 perished in the Arizona sun. Richard Chamberlain, who is newly homeless, says just last week he saw a man who died on the street — likely the third heat-related death of this summer.
In southern Arizona dozens of
people die from heat each year.
In addition many more illegal
immigrants die trying to cross
the desert from Mexico.
Outside a homeless shelter in downtown Phoenix, a few dozen people are vying for every scrap of shade on the lot. It's not even lunchtime, and already a thermometer reads 104 degrees. As one visitor put it, "This city is hotter than three hells."
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