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Old 03-07-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Will the high temp + humidity during summer cause people to stay indoors and be restricted to indoorsy activity outdoors - no hikes, walks in the park, picnics ?

What time does it cool off - do you folks keep the air conditioners continuously on ?
Yes, from late-July until mid-September, there are many days that are simply too hot to do much of anything outside. I still tend to go cycling, but only b/c the breeze at 20 mph helps keep me relatively cool...but stopping at a traffic light for just a minute will result in a soaking sweat.

What time does it cool down - many nights it doesn't. As the temp drops, the humidity increases and the misery continues into the night, so yes, A/C runs a lot. That said, you do adapt after a while to the heat and humidity. My first year back from the Rockies was miserable, but each year since has been more tolerable.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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That said, you do adapt after a while to the heat and humidity. My first year back from the Rockies was miserable, but each year since has been more tolerable.
Yes. We just moved here from Dallas TX and I think it's so nice and cool here!

There'd be times in Dallas when I'd go out for a jog after dinner and it'd still be over 100 degrees.

My mother has lived in Phoenix for the last 10 years. She sometimes tells me that they turn their AC off at night because it's "nice and cool". Then I check their weather and it was 90 degrees at 6 am.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Yes. We just moved here from Dallas TX and I think it's so nice and cool here!

There'd be times in Dallas when I'd go out for a jog after dinner and it'd still be over 100 degrees.

My mother has lived in Phoenix for the last 10 years. She sometimes tells me that they turn their AC off at night because it's "nice and cool". Then I check their weather and it was 90 degrees at 6 am.
Yes, but that dry air in the desert is much different. I spent many hot days on the Colorado River in Arizona and I find it more tolerable than here. At least there you can find some shade and feel some relief. I recall a day that hit 124 in Lake Havasu City, but with the humidity at 5%, the heat index was only about 100. I went to the pool that afternoon and just cycled in and out of the water to stay comfy. The best thing was that I dried off in only a couple of minutes, unlike here where you're wet until you get home.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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When it was 105 in Vegas, it felt fine as long as you kept hydrated.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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Yes, from late-July until mid-September, there are many days that are simply too hot to do much of anything outside. I still tend to go cycling, but only b/c the breeze at 20 mph helps keep me relatively cool...but stopping at a traffic light for just a minute will result in a soaking sweat.
mdp_az, I am in awe of people like you who still manage to go cycling in that heat. Talk about dedication! My hat is off to you.

I spend a lot of time indoors during the summers here. Granted, I'm also pretty pale and I burn easily so that's a big part of it, but even with sunblock I rarely do anything outside in July and August after 11am. Sundresses are my uniform during the summer. My jeans get packed away until late September because it's simply too sticky & hot to wear them.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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I love heat but smell like a dog.

My wife hated the 1984 Chevette I owned in New Orleans since it had no A/C.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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Well that's just insane! You're lucky your wife didn't leave you! I think mine would at least consider it if I drove her around in a car in the middle of summer in the deep south in no a/c. lol (to all mods this is a joke and not a "personal attack" on saturnfan at all)
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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I am orginally from MA, but please don't spread that around. I am quite embarassed by that. My first summer here was 2006. I found that entire year to be great. The extreme summer heat only lasted about 2 months and the rest of the year was awesome. The summer of 2007 felt like I was laying under a steam roller. I am guessing that the average would be somewhere in between. Either way, better than 30 degrees below zero, lungs freezing upon first breath, stuck inside for 7 months out of the year, salt & sand everywhere, trees having leaves for a whole 4 months out of the year.........YUK!!!!!!!
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Well that's just insane! You're lucky your wife didn't leave you! I think mine would at least consider it if I drove her around in a car in the middle of summer in the deep south in no a/c. lol (to all mods this is a joke and not a "personal attack" on saturnfan at all)
No offense taken.

I love heat. When I worked grave in a gas station on LI thru college, would sleep on the beach some mornings after going off duty.
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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We searched and found a site of "climate summaries" and it said that Durham averaged 48" of precipitation per year! That number is even higher than Seattle, WA. Does it rain that much there, or is that number considering humidity???
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