I live in the far northern part of California's Central Valley. We have HOT and dry summers. Since I live at the very end, mountains surround the valley on all three sides. The Hot air gets trapped here- it's like a 3 sided bowl or like a horseshoe. We are having a hot spell- 113 yesterday. Possibly 117 on Thursday. The hottest I have experienced here was 123 back in the 70's when I came up to visit my parents when they moved from our coastal town in the Bay area. We helped them move and I hadn't felt such heat, since Needles, Ca. I was miserable back then and swore up one side and down the other, I would NEVER move up here. Advice: Never Swear! and Never say Never!
Before my mom passed in 2008, we were sick of the hustle and bustle of urban life on the San Francisco Peninsula and were plotting to eventually leave for a more serene, rural place. My sister and I inherited the house - I bought my sister out, and we moved to this semi-rural part of Shasta County. We had actually considered Alaska.
That first summer here was a real eye opener. I was used to the cool, ocean and bay breezes in summer. Oh and that infamous summer fog. (San Francisco's natural air-conditioning) I soon found that if I do everything I need to do in the morning, and literally "chilled" inside in the afternoon, it was bearable. Surprisingly, I grew to really love it here, HOT weather and all. Our HOT weather comes with very low humidity- 10% or less and there is still a lot of snow on Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen.
I am swimming every morning - it's absolutely beautiful. The HOT dry weather is good for my aching bones. I live with chronic pain every day and have for years. I still ache, but not like I do in the winter, or down in the bay area. Swimming really helps, as a pain reliever. So while the extreme heat is HOT, I am enjoying some low pain days. I could totally live in Arizona.
It's still early in the season, so I don't complain much. In fact, I find the more I complain about the heat, the hotter it seems to get. My complaining usually starts mid-August. By then, I am sick of it. It usually takes another 6 weeks for it to cool down.
Summer for California doesn't start until 9:24 PM (PST) tonight. Happy Summer. Enjoy.