Locals brave triple digits during excessive heat warning

(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018 at 5:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - With the sun beating down on the Old Pueblo, it is rare to find many people outdoors.

It's what draws out the critters from a slithering snake to ducks floating along the lake and fish, caught by Tucsonans braving the heat.

"I'm 2-0 right now, so," said Alfred Bllesteros, a Tucson native.

Bllesteros was on the hunt for a way to cool off on Wednesday, during the season's first excessive heat warning.

"Be under the shade, especially," he said, as he spent the morning fishing off the banks of Silverbell Lake. His thought on the weather is one that many locals would likely agree with.

"I'd rather have the heat than the cold anytime."

Not far from the shade and water, down the running path, Tucson News Now found a "not" so average Tucsonan.

And we soon learned, he wasn't a Tucsonan at all. Actually, Ward Zimmerman was visiting from Maryland and decided to go for a run in the triple digit heat.

"To me, it's not bad versus 95 with 80 to 90 percent humidity in Maryland," Zimmerman said.

He could be called bold, but he says this weather can't be beat.

"I've learned temperature doesn't have everything to do with it. It helps if it's overcast and there's a breeze," he said.

Zimmerman said all he needs is to be in tune with himself, "I know when my body says enough is enough."

Not to mention, keeping water on hand, just as Bllesteros used the waters of the lake to cool off, too.

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