Monday, July 25, 2005

Cool Florida

Contrary to popular opinion, it does not get ragingly hot in Florida in the summer. The highest recorded temperature in Miami is 98 degrees Fahrenheit. So while the rest of the country is sweltering under 100+ degrees F, we’re ten to twenty degrees cooler than say, oh, Phoenix or Longmont, Colorado, where last week it was 103 F. Along the coast we also get a nice seabreeze.

What we do have, however, is humidity. It makes it uncomfortable to be outside and not have your sweat evaporate like it does in the drier climes. (The excuse out there is that “it’s a dry heat.” Yeah, so is a fire.) So even a pleasant walk in high humidity can be moist, and doing any sort of exertion such as yardwork can turn into a schvitz-fest in short order. And we are prone to tropical weather, too, which includes sudden summer downpours and thunderstorms — we get more lightning strikes in Florida than any other state. Oh, and yeah — hurricanes. But all in all, at least it’s not that hot here.