Originally Posted by Joe4d
drink water, and turn the air conditioning off and stop complaining, or listening to people complain about the heat. Think happy thoughts. The heat is only a problem if you let it be.
I grew up in the South, I nor any of my friends or any of the schools had AC, we stayed outside all summer, never even noticed the heat. Now the mamby pamby libertartds close the schools if the AC isnt running.
Actually I can remember being sent home early from high school in the early 70's because it got to hot and we didn't have AC. But then it does get hot sooner, stays hot longer and often gets hotter in SC than VA. I can remember getting snow in March in VA back in the latter half of the 60's. Down here a flurry in Jan is a big deal (everyone goes out to see if there's over a dozen flakes
We didn't get as many 100 degree days back in the 70's as we do now, but temps in the 90's was normal and with our sub tropical humidity it's brutal.
We stayed outside as kids because it was cooler than being inside (not to mention that the farm chores were outside) and we did most of our work in the morning or late afternoon. Mid day we were sitting in the shade or eating lunch on the front porch hoping that the breeze kept up. Even the cattle would be laying around under trees. Everything slowed down (even took naps
) mid day during the hot days from June thru Aug.
Thankfully so far this year we're enjoying a cool wave of only the upper 80s mostly to start June with and even getting some rain, but that hasn't been the norm for a long time. Generally the first week in June is upper 90's. E.g. Last year our local high for the first week of June was 101 in the shade, but someplace upstate had a high of 102 for that week. For the past 15 years our normal 1st week of June temperatures have had highs in the mid 90's to low 100's (and that's before Summer starts). These last 20 years have been hotter and drier than any of the old timers can remember and I thought it was hot back in the 70's. When the heat finally hits again (and it will, weather this good never lasts) the horses and my neighbors cattle will be back to spending the middle of the day in the shade unless we force them out of it. I prefer not to ride my horses when they are already sweating from the heat before I put a saddle on them.