Desert Diaries

Tucson Summer: A Guide to Beat the Heat!

Summer solstice marks the first official day of summer!

This is when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. On June 20, the sun will be higher in the sky during the day and its rays will hit Earth directly. This causes higher temperatures and it will be the day with the most hours of sunlight during the entire year.

Summer is here. So what does this mean? It’s time to go on some adventures! The Desert Museum wants you to have a safe and fun summer, so here are some tips on how to beat the heat!

Take a break from the sun, appreciate the view, and seek some shade! Photo: Paulina Bueno
The Desert Museum has great outside and inside sitting areas where you can enjoy some lunch from our food court. Photo: Paulina Bueno

Water + Swimming = summertime! Hanging by the pool is a great activity, but never leave a child or a person who can’t swim unattended. It is best to designate a “pool watcher” or swim with a friend!

Tan line game strong? Before you head out the door, make sure to apply sunscreen. This will protect you from UV damage, tan lines, and premature wrinkles. Remember to protect your skin!

Need to re-apply? Don’t worry! The Museum has you covered. You can find complimentary sunscreen in every restroom. Photo: Paulina Bueno

Exercising and being outdoors is a great way to get some fresh air, but the time of day is important. The mornings and evenings are ideal times to go for a walk. Or you can visit the Desert Museum during Cool Summer Nights. Make sure to wear appropriate attire for heat and drink plenty of water.

One of our Docents is ready to beat the heat! Make sure to wear sun protective clothing and a hat. Grab your water bottle and you’ll be ready to explore! Photo: Paulina Bueno
Water you looking for? The Museum has filtered water fountains available for reusable water bottles.  Photo: Paulina Bueno

What about my furry family member? Make sure to keep your pets hydrated as they may experience heat exhaustion faster than humans. Dogs cool from the bottom up so if your dog shows signs of dehydration, put a wet towel on his/her paws and stomach. Keep them indoors, give them plenty of water, and do not leave them in your car!

We want everyone to enjoy their summer break! So stay cool, drink water, and wear sunscreen!

Ready, set, summer vacation!

Written by ASDM Media & Marketing Summer 2017 Intern, Paulina Bueno.