The hottest I ever experienced in the area was 124 degrees (51 Celsius) in 1994, and I was on a motorcycle. The engine heat on my legs made it especially difficult. I got to Palm Desert and up Hwy. 74 into the mountains as quickly as I could.
The highest temperature in the state is often at a place just north of the Salton Sea called, appropriately, Thermal.
51 degrees , oh my god , unbeliviable , you are lucky that your motorcycle did not fail.
It's a Honda.
Liquid cooled. It ran hotter than usual, but never out of the safe range, even when climbing up the steep road out of the desert.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.