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What’s the second most popular reason why people visit Florida? The weather!
Bring me sunshine!
All that glorious sunshine! We love the sun and what better place to enjoy it than Florida. However, the sun can have its downsides too, but if you travel prepared, you can just take advantage of the good bits. Be sensible and if you’re going to spend any time in the sun, make sure you have skin protection. For UK visitors who have only previously visited Europe, the Florida sun can take you by surprise. You don’t always realise that you are burning, but believe me, if you are unprotected, you will be. There is a wide range of sun care available now and so there is no real excuse not to use it. A day around the parks can really be spoiled if you start to burn up. If your skin is not covered by clothing, cover it with lotion, and don’t forget the tips of your ears or the tops of your feed, these will catch the sun very easily.
You should always also make sure that you are fully hydrated. Drink plenty of water and stay away from those fizzy drinks, because they will dehydrate you even more. Take care with alcohol too as sun and too much alcohol is not a very good mix!
Be aware that things around you get very hot in the sun. It’s so easy to forget and sit on a hot bench in your shorts – a real shock to the system! And the things that tend to get the hottest are the vehicles. Wow – when you open that door for the first time, you’ll feel a real blast of hot air and the steering wheel and seat belt buckles will be very hot to the touch. Give the car time to cool down before you jump in and try to leave a cloth across the steering wheel to reduce the temperature.
Spending time in the pool can be really great in the sun, but don’t forget that although you may feel cool in the water, the sun is still beating down on your and you need to make sure that you refresh your lotion regularly.
Bring me rain!
Florida is also famous for its rain, believe it or not! During the rainy season from June to November it will almost certainly rain for some part of the day, generally in the late afternoon. But don’t worry, it doesn’t generally rain for long and within minutes you’ll find that everything has dried out in the sun. The rain is actually a nice way to control the temperature as things cool down a little for a short period of time. It’s the combination of the hot sun and frequent rain that make Florida a tropical paradise.
You just need to bear in mind a couple of important safety tips when it’s raining. Firstly, don’t go in the pool when it’s raining. With rain will often come lightening and you really don’t want to be in amongst all that conductive water when this is around! Secondly, as the rain can be very heavy at times, you need to take a great deal more care when driving in the rain. It’s Florida law that you must have your lights on when it’s raining, as this improves visibility. Slow down and take extra care when braking. If you see vehicles travelling towards you with their lights on, even though it’s not raining on you at that time, you can be pretty sure that you’re driving towards rain so be prepared.
Check out the weather channel on the TV as the local weather news is generally very accurate and this will help you plan your day.
The contrast between the sun and rain is just one of those things that make Florida special, so as long as you are prepared for it, you’ll have a great time.
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Page added on: 25 November 2007
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