Little Escape from the Heat

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:58.

You know when you wake up in the morning and moisture is running down the outsides of your windows that the day is going to be a humid one.

After a first cup of coffee, I decide to check the temperature on our front deck which is in the shadows most of the morning. I find the window thermometer already registering 80F at 6:50 AM.

When I walk outside twenty minutes later, the warm air surrounds me.  There is no breeze, skipping my morning walk around the docks doesn't take a lot of thought.

The change from July 12 when we sat outside in the driveway just as dusk found is striking.  That night the eighty degrees with a nice sea breeze and less humidity felt like a great beach night.

This morning I am glad that I mowed the yard earlier in the week and soaked all the plants yesterday morning.  My wife comes in from taking a couple of letters to the mailbox at 10:30 and pronounces her trip outside like a trip to a sauna.

She says that there isn't a breath of air stirring. While yesterday was hot, we at least had a strong breeze which made working outside during the morning tolerable.

Yesterday when I checked the temperature before the afternoon sun got on the thermometer sensor, we made it to 94F.  We might beat that today.

It is hot enough that the carpet on our back deck will burn your feet.  I can imagine the sand on the beaches is beyond warm and requires a dance all the way to the water.

You know it is hot when no kids have shown up for a morning swim in the neighborhood pool.

With luck we will get a sea breeze, and Thursday, July 14, is expected to be much cooler.  The heat is here but at least we aren't enduring day after day of over 100F temperatures like some parts of the country.  There are places where the exceptionally high temperatures make our nineties look cool.

Still this is the South, it is July, and heat along with humidity is part of the equation.  If you want to work outside start at 5 AM and finish before 7 AM.  If you want to enjoy the ocean go after 5 PM.

If you decide to go to the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores be prepared for crowds, it is a favorite escape from the heat.