Palm Springs in June?

Old Jan 25th, 2014, 06:59 AM
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Palm Springs in June?

Tell me what the weather is like in Palm Springs June 9-13? We have a chance to be there then. Would venture out to Joshua Tree Natl Park. Would we be miserable?
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 07:08 AM
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"The hottest day of 2013 was June 29, with a high temperature of 121°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 105°F and the high temperature exceeds 112°F only one day in ten. "
http://weatherspark.com/history/3179...-United-States

I used to visit a friend there and I remember summer temps of 115 as usual. I don't know if you'd be miserable. Would you be? It's a dry heat.
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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It will most likely be miserable out. Dry heat or not (I live in AZ where we have a dry heat), hot is hot.
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That was a joke. I lived in AZ for 25 years and we agree. Guess I may have to resign myself to smiley faces. No, never mind.
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 01:52 PM
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>>Tell me what the weather is like in Palm Springs June 9-13?<red>HOT
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 01:55 PM
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Meant to add >>Would venture out to Joshua Tree Natl Park.
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If you just want a vacation where you relax poolside and get spa treatments, it would be be fine, but venturing anywhere where you will be outdoors without access to a pool will be brutal.
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Old Jan 26th, 2014, 05:41 AM
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As noted in a Las Vegas thread - many of the pools have misters so that helps. My in-laws lived in Palm Desert for years - and in the summer - they made sure to get all the errands done in the morning and then either spend some pool time or stay in the ac areas - movies, shopping malls, museums, etc.

You can even get in a early round of golf if you like - but I played once in 100 plus heat - and while keeping hydrated - about the 12th hole - we really decided to finish quickly - so we picked up after that if we weren't right in the fairway and dropped it on the green.
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I agree...Joshua Tree is too hot that time of year. You would be miserable. That area is much better in early spring, late fall and even winter.
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Old Jan 27th, 2014, 03:12 PM
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From about daybreak to noon it is usually quite pleasant. June usually does not get a lot of humidity (especially early June). Late June is starting to get in to monsoon season and starts to have a higher chance of dangerous heat index.

Ever year in the second week of June our club holds a golf tournament in the desert, it is actually a busy time since the rates for hotels and golf go down and locals from LA/OC head there. High temps have ranged from the mid 80's to the mid-hundreds, I think there was one weekend where it went into the 110s in the afternoon. That is the cutoff for "miserable" for me.

Joshua Tree is a bit higher in elevation and can get down to the 60s overnight in June, if there is no humidity.

Here is a good overview for June,

http://weatherspark.com/averages/317...-United-States
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Here's the analysis for Twenty Nine Palms, which is similar to Joshua Tree

http://weatherspark.com/averages/310...-United-States

You have a slightly better chance than half of not even getting in to the "hot" band, in early June.
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I was in Palm Desert over Memorial Day weekend several years ago, staying at no cost in my brother's place. Decided then that I'd never go again at that time of year, free or not.

Made a similar mistake in Vegas a few years before that. Temps were around 110, which made even lounging around a pool uncomfortable. Never again.....
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I was in Palm Desert over Memorial Day weekend several years ago, staying at no cost in my brother's place. Decided then that I'd never go again at that time of year, free or not.

Made a similar mistake in Vegas a few years before that. Temps were around 110, which made even lounging around a pool uncomfortable. Never again.....
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Double post for emphasis. 8-)
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I agree, I just don't understand people who vacation in Arizona, parts of Nevada and the desert areas of Calif in the summer. It is so miserably hot.

Even if your hotel has a pool, it was our experience that the water in the pools are blistering hot. It's like being in a giant hot tub.
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Old Jan 27th, 2014, 05:32 PM
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I think everything is relative. While living in Arizona for years I'd observe snowbirds walking around in short sleeves on days when I'd have a sweater and jacket. So too, for people who don't generally experience very hot weather, desert heat in summer may be a pleasure. I can't think of any other explanation. Maybe when you've come a long way with a lot of expense to have the experience, you're damned if temperatures of 110 or 115 are going to get in your way.
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Mme - totally agree, it depends a lot on what you are used to- and for some - how old they are - and perhaps have forgotten how when they were younger - the warm temps didn't bother them as much.

BTW - I don't think the greater Coachella Valley - Palm Springs to Indio and beyond - ever had "monsoons".
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I know that New Mexico and Colorado are affected by the North Ameican monsoon pattern in the summer. In fact, we look forward to it to lessen the forest fire danger.

Based on the map in this wikipedia entry, looks like interior California can be affected also. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Monsoon
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Old Jan 28th, 2014, 07:39 AM
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Monsoon rains in S. AZ are something we looked forward to for weeks to break the heat. I don't believe Californians use the term but it's what the summer rains in the Sonora Desert have always been called. Which, on most maps, includes Palm Springs and environs.
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Yes, the Californians in the Coachella Valley use the term "monsoon". Try tuning in to the local TV stations sometime in July/August when they have thunderstorms. Every year we have these discussions where people who are not really familiar with the Coachella Valley weight in on the weather. I owned a condo in Palm Desert for 5 years, and would go out during the summers. July and August are the worst. May=June and Sept-October is when you watch the weather forecasts and you may get lucky.

KESQ is one such.

In fact if someone has never heard of it, I'd suggest they are not really very familiar with weather patterns in the Coachella Valley.

Here is a local PBS station report on the phenomenon

http://www.kcet.org/news/the_back_fo...he-desert.html
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