Route 66 Forum
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November 30, 2011
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.)
September 9, 2019
Interesting information from Europe, whenever I go on Route 66 I do it with rent minibus with driver for greater comfort.