Europe is about to bake in record heat, with one Meteorologist warning "Hell is coming." So here's a comparison to the traditional "hot spot" along Route 66: Needles CA, in the desert just across the AZ border.
Needles is predicted to hit 111 degrees F (44C) this coming June 29-30 weekend, the same as parts of Europe. But for Needles, that's a TYPICAL Summertime temperature! The record is 125 F (53 C) set in 2005.
That whole 250-mile (400 km) desert and mountain stretch from Kingman AZ to Barstow CA can be intense this time of year. The best Route 66 travel times are late May-early June, and September. Everything's open and there's plenty of daylight, but you avoid the peak heat.
("The Heat Was Hot" is a stupid line from a #1 song.)
Interesting information from Europe, whenever I go on Route 66 I do it with rent minibus with driver for greater comfort.
Yes, Needles, California, located in the desert region just across the Arizona border, is known for its extremely high temperatures during the summer months. It experiences scorching heat, with temperatures frequently exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius). The predicted temperature of 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) for the coming weekend is indeed typical for summertime in Needles.
The desert and mountain stretch along Route 66, spanning approximately 250 miles (400 kilometers) from Kingman, Arizona, to Barstow, California, Donkey Kong can be quite intense during this time of year. The heat, combined with the arid landscape, can make it challenging for travelers. As you mentioned, the recommended travel times for Route 66 in this region are late May to early June and September when temperatures are slightly milder compared to the peak summer months.
By visiting during these periods, travelers can enjoy more comfortable temperatures while still experiencing the charm and attractions along Route 66. It's advisable to plan accordingly, stay hydrated, and take necessary precautions when traveling through hot desert regions to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.