Outreach workers gather twice a day to hand out water and cooling supplies to residents of the US city of Phoenix, Arizona where daytime temperatures reach 43 degrees Celsius or 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
The director of the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, which the city created last year, is an environmental scientist and climate expert.
There’s certainly seeing our nights warming much faster than the days of lengthening of our summer season.
We've been very fortunate not to push the all-time high temperature record that was set in 1990.
That year it reached a scorching 50 degrees Celsius.
For more than 5,000 unsheltered homeless people, intense heat can be deadly.
Some shelter in cars; others pitch tents in parks or on sidewalks where they're subject to cleanups three times a week that force them from their makeshift shelters.
City workers offer help to find housing.
They can either call, email me, text me just so I can get them off the street.
But rents are rising as fast as the temperature and there's not enough affordable housing.
Cooling and hydration centers have been set up in libraries and businesses, and at the downtown YMCA where people can cool off and get a bottle of free water escaping briefly from the heat.
Some roads where the asphalt was burning now have a protective coating that reflects away the heat.
And thousands of trees have been planted not nearly enough, however, to shade many neighborhoods.
The director of the Phoenix Heat Response Office is promoting these cooling technologies and techniques and targeting vulnerable low-income populations.
But I also need to be the biggest cheerleader for investments in affordable housing; investments in new shelters cuz those are the investments that are gonna really help folks avoid heat-related illness in the long term.
Other cities with municipal heat officers include Miami; Athens, Greece; Freetown, Sierra Leone and Los Angeles.
How about a cooling towel?
A cooling towel.
A worsening challenge for cities worldwide helping residents get through the long hot summer.