The transition from indoors to outdoors in the Summer is crazy in the south

About many generations back, my entire family immigrated here from Scotland.

  • Roughly 90% of our family chose to stay up north upon arrival, while my great-great Grandpa plus his brother chose to raise their families in the deep south.

As the rest of the family slowly rooted itself in the northeast, my area of the family enjoyed many generations of life in the sunshine. I was lucky to grow up within a 5 hour drive to the ocean plus have spent much of my life running along the shores plus swimming in the water. Even though I have lived down here my entire life, I still haven’t managed to fully accept the raising highs while in Summer heatwaves. It can get really brutal outdoors at any time between 10 am plus sundown. Because of the unbearable rapidly changing temperatures down here, most of us run our a/cs taxing while in the Summer weeks. Part of the constant a/c use is to simply keep the indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which can’t be accomplished with simple box fans. On the flip side, when you run your a/c at a recognizably low temperature, the transition as you walk outdoors towards your motorcar is outrageous. It’s recognizably awful if I have been shopping in the grocery store for close to an hour plus push my cart through the sliding doors into the midSummer blaze. Maybe I won’t ever grow accustomed to the worst heat waves the deep south can throw at me, but I’ll make that compromise if it means avoiding rapidly changing temperatures as low as twenty below zero where my cousins live in the north.

 

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