PHOENIX -- July was cooler than average in metro Phoenix, but August is heating up. Wednesday was the hottest August 8th on record, and the hottest day of 2012.
The official temperature hit 116 degrees in the afternoon.
The highest weather station recording of the day, 118 degrees, came from the Desert Botanical Gardens.
Still, Valley residents continued on with normal life.
"That was a nice good sweat," hiker Ron Solares told 3TV as he came down from hiking Piestewa Peak Wednesday morning. He chose to only go half way up due to the heat.
"The breeze on the mountain made it feel like 80," joked Diane Dunham, another avid hiker.
Phoenix firefighters have gone on several mountain rescues this week in the intense heat, and ask hikers to drink a gallon of water before hitting the trails.
"If you're not properly hydrated, your body's going to stop. It's 115, and you're pushing your body to the limits," warned Phoenix Fire Spokesman Jonathan Jacobs.
High school bands and teams continue practicing before school, and after temperatures start to drop in the evenings.
"We spend time inside until 5, and then once we go out, if it gets over 110 we don't wear helmets or pads," said Angel Arevalo, a football player for Central High in Phoenix.
"We just bring jugs of water- whole gallons, and keep filling them up," added his teammate, Kelepi Fifita.
Passengers on planes landing at Sky Harbor Airport were warned by their pilots of the record heat.
"I was like, 'Wow- did he just say 115 degrees?" said Anna Marie Harris, who flew in for a conference from New Jersey.