If you move to Florida for the “warm weather” you may be very disappointed.
There is a big difference between warm weather that allows you to be outdoors, and oppressive hot and muggy weather that makes doing anything outside difficult. If you’re in the northern US, you usually experience a few Florida-like days every summer. How would you like to have weather like that nine months a year, year after year?
Ah, Florida warm weather in the winter. Everybody loves it and hiring picks up to handle the increase of visitors who flock to the state for it. Of course, most of those “new” jobs will be low paying and temporary tourism work but it’s better than no income at all. The roads get clogged with traffic and almost all restaurants have long lines to wait in just to be seated, even the places where the food isn’t that great.
The weather in Florida during winter can’t be beat. The horrible humidity that plaques most of the state for nine months a year disappears. The drenching downpours that you can expect from a skinny state surrounded by water on three sides with a strong sun, don’t happen. There are no giant storms threatening, hurricane season officially ends November 30th. Yes the weather in Florida is perfect this time of year. it’s warm, sunny with low humidity and little rain normally.
It’s no wonder then, that many will go on vacation from a state where it gets cold and the trees have lost their leaves, and fall in love with Florida weather. They may visit Florida during the winter every year, for years. Unfortunately, they may come to think that Florida has this perfect weather all year. Or that the weather is warm except for three hot months in summer. It sure would be nice if Florida was warm and sunny nine months out of the year and only hot and humid for three months.
The truth is that as a full time Florida resident, you’ll learn that hurricane season is six months long, every year. Hot humid summer conditions last up to nine months or longer, depending upon what part of the state you live in, every year. Many people find it too hot and humid to be outside, so they remain inside their air conditioned homes. Electric bills can be quite high most of the year to pay for relief from the heat. Just when the weather gets nice and you can get outside, the snow birds descend and make every day life for full-time Florida residents more inconvenient. Traffic jams, long checkout lines, parking spots filled, golf courses jammed, beaches packed, etc.
As the years go by, many people come to realize that trading three months of winter for nine months of heat and humidity is not what they signed up for. So like most that move to Florida for “paradise”, they move back home. Or they become “half backs” and leave FL for the mountains in north Georgia, North Carolina or elsewhere.
Go ahead, take a vacation to Florida. Visit the beaches or theme parks for a week or so, even during the summer. Take a break in February and enjoy the great weather during the winter. If you can, rent a place for a month, it can be rather inexpensive. Some people do it every year. While enjoying that great winter sun, just keep in mind that the weather isn’t like that year round. Despite what some industries want you to believe, the best place to retire or live may just be right where you are now.