Lisa improvised the mini-swamp cooler (a personal mister spraying in front of fan), which was quite effective, but requires recharging every few minutes. Later in the afternoon the heat slightly abated due to thunderstorm clouds in the area. There was no rain on us, but a brief dust storm barreled through, obliging us to close to windows to keep out the dust until it abated.
This is not ordinary weather here. It's usually a few degrees cooler than this, and it normally cools off at night, which it's not really doing during this heat wave. Worse, it's actually supposed to be hotter in Sacramento during Westercon. I don't think we'll be heading out for long walks while we're at the Hilton. Air conditioning FTW!