But it's a dry heat

"Indoor/outdoor thermometer" courtesy of Jim Schrempp. He's a pretty funny guy – you might enjoy visiting his website.

It's 9:30am, and the temperature here in Palm Springs is already 90°F. Because of the high humidity today (35%) the "real feel" is 92°F.

The forecast for the next few days calls for temperatures well into the triple digits. The average high temperature for August is 106°F and the record is said to be 123°F recorded in 1995.

How do you stand it? everyone asks.

The answer is simple: It's not that bad — it's <drumroll, please> a dry heat!

But seriously, folks, the (usually) low humidity makes the high temperatures feel cooler than the actual number might suggest. Today's 35% humidity is in fact quite high, around 20% being a more typical reading.

I know what you're probably thinking: He has lost his mind.

Or perhaps you're thinking: Sure, what else is he going to say? He's already moved there, and he has to pretend it's "not that bad".

Since you're already having such uncharitable thoughts, let me tell you something else. When I first moved in, I set the thermostat to 72°, but within just a few days that felt cold, so I boosted it to 75°. A few days later, the thermostat had to be boosted again, this time to 77°. Now it's set at 78° which feels much more comfortable.

And frankly, the other secret to the temperature-thing is to simply not think about it. If you're constantly checking the temperature it makes you susceptible to thinking about how you suppose it should feel rather than how it does feel. You could end up like the TV weather people who always need "a story" to keep you watching, so they breathlessly proclaim from their air-conditioned studios, "It's another scorcher in the desert as the heat wave continues!!!!" Folks, in this case, ignorance truly is bliss.