Climate change skeptics will scoff but floods, heat waves and tornadoes may be passing phenomena but usually summer heat Up North tends to be far harsher than down here. Among these islands we find the summer heat is mitigated by cooler air wafting in over the sea, our homes are built to take advantage of the climate, and life in summer is much more laid back as with fewer people comes greater peace.
There's the paradox, if the snowbirds chose not to leave there would be more people down here and half the pleasure of summer would be lost. We should be grateful for all those grandchildren in Kansas drawing people out of Florida during summer vacations.
So how hot is it in summer in the Keys? Well, these a question. Temperatures rarely rise above 95, though humidity is higher than many people like. I hear the phrase "dry heat" applied to desert heat waves as though 120 degrees in sandy conditions is more bearable. Personally I like the damp that wet heat brings, no hair like straw, no itchy nostrils, no cracking finger nails.
Of course I like air conditioning in my house and in my car, and my friends complain my house is kept too cold, but Cheyenne is my priority and if she isn't panting it's cold enough. Summer is also hurricane season and we're heading deep into that time of year just now. But compared to the weather phenomena (not caused by climate change; never that!) hurricanes seem a lot less frightening by comparison. Summer in the Keys, decidedly the best time of year.
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