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Updated Jul 19, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sweltering summer a problem back East, not in Arizona

It's all over the national news: Sweltering heat continues in the east, with temperatures in the 90s.

"When we pump in more humidity, heat index values will approach 110 degrees in Philadelphia," Kate Bilow of Philadelphia's KYW-TV told CBS' "This Morning" program.

With air conditioning, many people say 110 degrees is no big deal in Phoenix.

"It seems that people in the desert have acclimated and know how to avoid the hottest parts of the day," said Dr. Frank Cuntursi, who works in the emergency room at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

But Bilow says 110 is a problem in Philly.

"Here in Philadelphia, we have a unique challenge," Bilow said. "We have a lot of historic brick row homes that retain a lot of heat. They don't cool down overnight, and many folks don't have air conditioning. It can be a very dangerous situation."

Even though Arizonans may be used to the heat, Cuntursi said they need to use common sense and stay cool.

"If you have to go to the mall to cool off because you can't afford to run your air conditioning during the heat of the day, do it," he said. "Find shade, or get to a friend's house that might be cooler than yours."

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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