Often, people from northern cities dream of moving south, because who doesn’t want to escape winter? But when they do move, sometimes they discover an awful truth: Rather than that perfect beach weather they experienced on vacation in February, the summer months are hot, with oppressive humidity. If you’re one of those people who moved and hates the humidity, here are some things you can do to make it better.
First, acclimate. Give yourself time to get used to both the heat and humidity. That means, yes, spending some time outside every day, preferably in the early morning or the evening hours when it’s cooler. Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and keep yourself well hydrated. You will also have to learn how to dress for the heat and humidity: Light colored, loose fitting clothes are your best bet.
As you begin to get used to the weather, you’ll be able to tolerate the heat for longer periods of time. You should also resist the temptation to turn the air conditioning to arctic. If you keep the temperature at 80 or 81, going outside will be less of a shock, and your body will handle the heat better.
Second, adjust your schedule. There’s a reason people in hot climates tend to be night owls: It’s typically cooler in the evening and at night. If you’re used to going for a run at five, right after you got off work, and you’re now finding it too hot and muggy, push it back to eight or eight-thirty, or forward to the early morning. Similarly, you may want to eat later in the evening, and wait until after the sun sets to enjoy your outdoor spaces.
Third, if you moved because you love the beach, here’s the good news: Swimming will cool you down, so go ahead and get in the water. Whether it’s a pool or the ocean, take a dip, and stay in for at least fifteen minutes. Additionally, if you’re at the beach, the breeze will help keep you cool. Just save lying in the sun until the weather is cooler.
Fourth, remember the weather will improve. The same tactics you used to get through those seemingly endless winters will help you out. Find indoor activities to keep you occupied until the weather cools down, and think about how wonderful it will be when the temperatures moderate.
In all likelihood, the first summer in your hot, humid new home will be the worst. By the time next summer rolls around, you might even discover you like it, at least better than the snow.