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Old 03-03-2015, 08:23 PM
 
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i think that people that get out in the heat are more tolerant to the heat that those who sit inside all day, yes the 100 degrees is a might warm, but a lot of water and a big hat, its not bad. and july august sept, you only wear white, no blue jean or black t shirts. its white painter pants and white or light tan shirts
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:35 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Next I guess I need to ask about the bugs.

Where I am now there are NO mosquitoes at all. I'm by the beach and it keeps them away. But even here, if you just go 1/2 mile inland they spray for mosquitoes during the last part of August. It's to prevent the mosquito borne illnesses like West Nile Virus.

So, in Virginia, there must be hoards of mosquitoes and other insects. I know they spray synthetic permethrin (the same stuff my previous house was treated with to kill termites) from airplanes. There must be more ticks and more of all kinds of bugs. Doesn't this spraying make people sick? Does it really eliminate the insects so that people can sit outside?
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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It all depends on what you're used to. *shrug* I grew up in Virginia, and yes, summers were hot -- but not as hot as they were when I lived in Miami, and not as humid as where I currently live, in Atlanta. I think the hottest I ever was was a summer we lived in Connecticut 30 years ago -- I thought I was going to melt, because no one felt they needed air conditioning for "just one month out of the year." Yeah, but that month almost did me in! Commuting into NYC was miserable. In Atlanta in the summer, we play tennis, bike, walk, go to baseball games, do yard work, enjoy outdoor art festivals and concerts -- you get used to almost anything as long as you aren't focusing on it exclusively. Drink lots of fluids, wear a hat, and if it gets over 90 degrees, don't plan strenuous outdoor activities in the early afternoons when it's the hottest.

I happen to love the Williamsburg area -- it's close to where I grew up. Lots of tourists in the summers, though. :-) In Atlanta, we're very careful to stay current with our dogs' heartworm medicine and flea control -- although, God knows, our cats would get fleas when we lived in New England, too. Spraying for mosquitos is A Good Thing -- that, and build a few bat houses for your backyard if you have some woods -- we love to watch the bats flit around at night gobbling up all those mosquitos. :-)

I HATE being cold -- no matter how many layers you put on, I hate the feeling of being one layer away from frostbite. :-) Get a house with a big screened porch with a ceiling fan next to a shady tree and learn to like iced tea. :-) Also, the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and Shenandoah Valley are only a couple of hours away, and the beach is just an hour away -- plenty of ways to keep cool.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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The ladies of South Carolina do not perspire......they glisten.....
No, no, darrrr-lin' -- we "glow". :-)
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:45 AM
 
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Interesting!

This is where I live NOW (Norfolk), and the summers are just something you get used to. Frankly, I don't think it's that much worse than St. Louis (where I lived for 12 years).

How do we cope? Good, strong and efficient central air in the house (15 Seer) and keep the A/C in the car charged up, so it always blows cold.

We have a sunporch (with enormous operable casement windows) and a large deck under a silver maple tree, and few things are as pleasant as sitting out there on a summer evening.

Plus, if you really hate the summer, a pool is a good idea. Our neighbors have swimming pools and they're delightful!

That's how us true southerners handle the heat!
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:26 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Eh, grew up in Miami. Never complained about the heat, and we didn't have a/c until I was around ten. Ceiling fans and shade. Neighbor had a nice pool, we went in it maybe once a week or so. Never thought of a pool for escaping heat, just to hang out with friends.

Moved to CT and NY, it took at least ten years to get used to winter. And I still need more layers than the locals. Winter coats get put away Memorial Day. Bugs and humidity are worse here IMO. We never needed to spray ourselves, wear bug nets over our hats, turn on a bug zapper, or have citronella candles, the geckos took care of that.

Whenever I would go back it took about three days to get used to it. We'd go everywhere. You might get a bit sticky, so you duck into a store or cafe. If you are outdoors and you feel hot and sticky you grab a Gatorade and a shower.

Some people say they can never get used to it, some don't. Get a rental and try it, IMO.


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Old 03-04-2015, 07:23 AM
 
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We all know about snowbirds traveling to the South for the Winter.

When was the last time you heard of a heat bird? Those moving from the South to the North in the Winter to avoid the heat.

Cold weather is highly overrated. Especially to those of us past 60.
Ha, ha! They don't leave the south in the winter because it is the cool season in the south too! No need to avoid the heat

Everyone has their own comfort level. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to southern Florida upon finding a job after college. Now that I am retired, I can hardly wait to move further north! I just can't take the relentless heat and humidity which lasts about 8 months down here. In addition to hurricanes, outrageous homeowners and auto insurance rates, horrible drivers, heavy traffic, lack of English speaking people, corrupt government and businesses.....I would strongly urge people to avoid the southeast coastal counties of Florida.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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Great question.

I've lived in the SE my whole life, from the Carolinas to Alabama. I'm done with it.

The humidity of the summer, to the damp, dark bleak of winter in the south. It's dark at 5 in the winter, and always, always wet. A lot of people have trouble with their sinuses, and attribute it to "catching something". truth is, it's the mold and mildew that is doing it to them a lot of times. Most people don't MOVE to the southeast unless there is a family link or once in a lifetime career move. In Alabama in particular, there is no valid reason to move here, and the low cost of living is literally the only big selling point to convincing out-of-staters to consider it. It has a "low cost of living" because no one in their right mind would want to live here.

Again, been here my whole life, in the southeast, and there are better places. Charlotte was a great 4 year run for me, and a mistake to leave it.

The South may rise again, but it'll do it without me living in it's backyard. And I doubt they will miss me, so I'll save some internet troll from giving the old "don't let the door hit you" comment. Save your breath.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I moved to Raleigh, NC from the DC area. In the summers we're really not all that different and winters are about 5-10 degrees colder here on any given day than it was in DC. I actually don't mind the summers at all here. We're 3 hours from the mountains and 2.5 from the beach. The mountains in NC/TN/VA actually stay quite temperate in the summer time. In Raleigh it's been cooler over the last few summers. We also just experienced the coldest winter here since 1978, where we had at least 10 days where it didn't get out of the teens/20's, which is rare here.

Basically every home and every business has central air conditioning. We also have many neighborhood and community pools which help a lot. Sure I don't want to be mowing my lawn at 2pm on a 95 degree July day, but outdoor activities can be done as long as you have shade, or do it early or late enough. It's actually been a lot less humid over the last 3-4 years here, then it was when we moved here in 2006 to about 2010.

I think most people really do get used to it. Our highest average in July only hits 90 degrees. Yes it gets warmer, but we usually have less 100 degree days than they do Washington or NY. NYC has a higher all time high temp than Raleigh, NC.

Painting a broad brush of Southeast weather is not really indicative of what it's like everywhere in the south. I know people from South Florida that still feel chilly here on some summer days. We don't usually get the extreme heat and humidity like parts of Texas (heat), Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, etc.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Ha, ha! They don't leave the south in the winter because it is the cool season in the south too! No need to avoid the heat

Everyone has their own comfort level. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to southern Florida upon finding a job after college. Now that I am retired, I can hardly wait to move further north! I just can't take the relentless heat and humidity which lasts about 8 months down here. In addition to hurricanes, outrageous homeowners and auto insurance rates, horrible drivers, heavy traffic, lack of English speaking people, corrupt government and businesses.....I would strongly urge people to avoid the southeast coastal counties of Florida.
Just checked my weather app it is 81 degrees going to 84 degrees with 60% humidity in Cape Coral FL. To some people that is hot
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