Are you in the middle of getting ready for Florida weather? Relocating to the “Sunshine State” is a dream come true for many summer lovers. That being said, moving preparations will take a little bit more time than usual. Our sunshine heaven does have long and very warm summers, which is awesome, but you can expect daily thunderstorms as well…they are almost the norm over here. So, apart from your usual packing and paperwork, you are going to need to prepare for the climate as well. That will involve buying some extra equipment. If you already have a lot of stuff, you are likely to need movers to help you with that. If that’s the case, our reliable Tampa Cross Country Movers can give you a hand. We hope that our beloved state will offer many sunny and happy days to you and your family.
Heat, Humidity & Sunshine
I bet that when you think about Florida, the first thing that springs to mind is the heat. Florida is very hot in the summertime and one of the warmest places on the United States mainland during the winter. If you are not a fan of winter then this is the place to be. However, with Florida being so sunny and humid all the time, you do need to take some precautions ( you can read about them later in the text). The human body temperature can rise dangerously on those hot days with high relative humidity. That’s because perspiration cannot evaporate and cool the body. So, with the heat index being so high, in Florida, more people die from excessive heat than from lightning.
On the bright side, frequent thunderstorms can trigger a rapid drop of 10- to 20-degrees in temperature. Those happen, on average, half of the summer days. That means you will have very comfortable weather for half your day usually. And you will never lack vitamin D. Florida winters are mild with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally cold air. And the coastal areas in all sections of Florida average slightly warmer temperatures in winter and cooler ones in summer. If you are not a big fan of rainy days, you should avoid northwestern counties and the southeastern end of the peninsula. The areas with the least amount of rainfall are the Florida Keys and interior regions of Lee County along Florida’s southwestern coast.
Adapting to Florida Weather
The first thing that should be disclosed when it comes to adapting to Florida weather is that elderly people and small children are particularly vulnerable to heat stress. Before you move, also take into consideration that the same applies to people who are on certain medications, overweight, or have an alcohol habit. Many people in Florida do live there with the same issues, however. Floridians love their sunny heaven deeply and they wouldn’t want to give it away for anything. If you or someone in your family are older, here is why you should spend your retirement in Florida. There are some ways to handle the heat, but, if you fall under one of those categories, you need to be extra careful. To keep yourself safe, the first step is hydration. What we do over here is freeze our bottled water overnight and take a few bottles with us when we get out in the morning. We also always have sun protection in our bags. And you should make sure to reapply it after every couple of hours. If you’re fair-skinned, please keep out of it when it’s at its hottest point. This is usually midday.
On the other side, some people do not encounter any hardships when adapting to Florida weather. If you are lucky enough to work in a nice office space and you have good a good Air Conditioning system in your vehicle, you won’t have problems. But, if you often have busy days that require being outside for most of the day, make sure to hydrate. Remember to drink your water! If you have one at home, don’t forget to pack a fan when moving to Florida. You will need it even if you have air conditioning in your new place. Go shopping for some lighter clothes and beach toys for the kids. If you have trouble moving all of that to Florida, you can seek help from our Cross Country Movers Florida who are always more than able to help you.
Thunderstorms, Lightning, and Tornadoes
Florida’s rainy season lasts from the month of May until around November. During these months you can almost set your watch by the daily thunderstorm. There is an area from between Orlando and Tampa to the south along the west coast to Fort Myers and east to Lake Okeechobee that is nicknamed the “lightning belt”. After all, Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the United States. These thunderstorms occur during afternoons and they can be as brief as a few minutes or as long as a couple of hours. During these thunderstorms, you can experience heavy rain, some of the loudest thunder that you’ve ever heard, and lightning that honestly stuns you. Those lightning strikes are usually breathtaking. You don’t need to worry since after the storm passes it will leave you with a lovely breezy Floridian evening.
Another thing you might encounter here in Florida is a tornado. April, May, and the summer months are peak periods for tornadoes in Florida. But again, no need to panic. Most of Florida’s tornadoes are the weaker waterspout-type of a storm. During the months of February and March, the more severe tornadoes can occur mainly in the Florida Panhandle.
Getting Ready for The Hurricane
Hurricane season tends to be between the months of June and November. The peak months are late August and early September. It can be really disruptive if you don’t prepare well. Visit the national hurricane center‘s website to track them. And here are the steps you should take beforehand:
- Sign Up to Volunteer or Donate
- Stash Cash
- Ready Your Yard
- Find a Safe Place to Stay
- Designate a Contact Person
- Keep Important Documents together
- Shop for Food
- Gas Up!
If you have your heart set on “The Sunshine State”, there is nothing that can stop you from fulfilling your dream. We are sure that you are actually going to enjoy Florida weather most of the time. Now, it’s time to start packing and choose your new hometown. For more information on moving and Florida’s best towns, State To State Movers are here for you. You can read more about Florida on our blog or book your movers if you need them.