It’s been too hot to move forward with scheduled football practices across much of the country lately, with Southern California included. That isn’t completely unique, but it almost always exempts Palm Springs, one of the nation’s hottest locales. A bastion for year-round golf, Palm Springs routinely hosts temperatures around 100 degrees with blinding sunlight year-round.
Not this time. For the first time in the memory of Palm Springs head football coach Dan Murphy, his school is weighing whether or not to hold practices on a day-to-day basis.
“I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and this is the first time it’s come to this,” Murphy told the Times on Friday. “We’re getting dressed right now. It’s probably 113 right now, real humid. 110 would be a nice temperature for us if it was dry without humidity.
“I know there’s certain areas it gets over 100 they shut down but we’d never be able to practice. There’s plenty of water breaks, shade, fans.”
Water breaks, shade and fans can’t guard against 113 degrees. That’s too hot for anyone to do anything involving strenuous physical activity, let alone while covered in heavy pads. With temperatures scheduled to reach above 110 through Thursday, Palm Springs could be facing an even more extended stretch without regular practice.