I told him it's a shame he isn't a morning person, because the sun comes up at 5:30. That's when I go out to the garden. On a day like this one, it's still too hot, but at least it doesn't feel like a blast furnace.
Cliff's trouble is that he doesn't like to just get up and start doing physical things right out of bed. Since he's retired, he spends two or three hours waking up gradually, most days. Also, his arthritis likes to be awakened slowly; his body has to get loosened up a little before he starts his day. Years of working second shift have reinforced these habits.
However, he agrees it's a good idea, and is going to give it a shot tomorrow. I'll be surprised if it works, but you don't know until you try.
I'm wondering how much it would cost to use a window air conditioning unit out there occasionally.