We love Tucson.  We’ve been here a long time and know of the many reasons it’s a great place to live.  Now it seems that we have

Tucson named most affordable city in U.S.

Inc. magazine recommends Tucson as a great place to start a new company, naming it the number one most affordable city in the country.

“The city’s long history as a military center has led to the development of a local high-tech industry, and biotech, especially when it comes to optics,” the article states. “In fact, the area has been nicknamed ‘Optics Valley’.” Read more…

But like everything good, there is a price to pay at some point, right?  And it seems that we’re getting ready to have to pay that price this weekend with record heat on the way for Tucson and Phoenix.  If we actually do hit 117 degrees here in the Old Pueblo, I guess the only thing we can be grateful for is that we’re not in Phoenix! 😉  (sorry Phoenix! We love you, but we just don’t want to be you when it’s even hotter than it is here!)  Mt. Lemmon, here we come!

Phoenix could hit 120 degrees this weekend. Is a ‘dry heat’ really better?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/06/15/phoenix-could-hit-120-degrees-this-weekend-is-a-dry-heat-really-better/An excessive heat watch is in effect for more than 110,000 square miles of the Southwest, including Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. High temperatures are expected to reach 105 to 110 degrees on Friday and 110 to 115 degrees on Saturday and climb toward 120 degrees on Sunday and Monday.

Forecast models are suggesting that 500 millibar heights could reach 6,000 meters this weekend and that 850 millibar temperatures will rise into 99 degrees. What does that mean? It means that it’s going to be oppressively hot in Arizona and that records are likely to fall. The model forecast “would be at historic levels,” said the Weather Service, “rivaling the June 1990 heat wave.” washingtonpost.com

So, what do we do when it’s THIS hot out?  Wait ’til the sun goes down of course!  If you’re looking for something to do this weekend when it’s a “bit” cooler out, here’s an idea for you:

TUCSON WEEKENDER: Fun things to do in the Old Pueblo (June 17-19)

1. COULD IT BE BLOOM NIGHT?

Every year, for just one night only, Tohono Chul Park invites the public to experience the annual blooming of the “Queen of the Night.”

All of the gorgeous flowers bloom at the same time, and by the next morning, they’re gone. tucsonne.ws/24S0hnh

“Queen of the night” getting ready to bloom at @TohonoChulPark >>> https://t.co/UJcXqQPGXB pic.twitter.com/FRQQE1y1dh

The park stays open the night of the bloom until midnight, though blooming usually happens between 5 and 8 p.m.

The park hasn’t announced the bloom just yet, however. It could be today, it could be tomorrow…

Park staff will announce when it will happen HERE: tucsonne.ws/1OufLfg read more at tucsonnewsnow.com