May 14, 2010, 8:28 PM
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Re: [ken_in_dfw] Hot enough for you? How do you cope?
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What heat? It depends on how important a steady year around climate is to you to choose where to live. I haven't experienced a 100 ° F. Day in 40 years. I have never seen any frost where we live either.
If a year around steady climate is important to you, investigate living in the central highlands. The central highlands here are located slightly south of the center of the country measuring from north to south, but they are located near the center of the country when measuring from east to west.
If you decide to live in the western highlands, your weather will be influenced by the Pacific ocean. You will experience cold winters and very hot days in the spring. Altitude does play a very important role in the weather pattern. If you are not very familiar with all of México, rent, and live in several areas before you make the plunge and move here on the word of real estate salesmen that will almost always tell you that anyplace where they are selling houses has a perfect climate.
The place where we live brags that it is a city with four distinct climates in one city, warmer in the south, and cooler in the north. That is very true. When we first moved here from México City 10 years ago, we lived in the fracciónamiento of Burgos on the southern edge of town. We did experience a few days of 93 to 94° F. Temperatures there that first spring. There was some ash fall and air pollution in the Burgos area every year when the nearby farmers burned their cane fields. The rest of our city is pollution free.
We now live on the northern edge of town, and the hottest days in the spring are about 80 to 81° F. The coldest winter nights we have ever had here were this past winter, and another unusually cold winter 3 or 4 years ago when the outside temperatures dropped to about 48° F. At night. Most years the outside temps never go lower than about 50 to 51° F. Lately it has been about 26° C. (78.8 ° F.) during the day, and right now at 10 PM, it is 24.1° C. (75.38° F.) outside. We have never needed an air conditioner, although the frst house we leased here had one, we never used it.
We sometimes use a couple of oscillating tabletop Honeywell fans on a warm day, they are all we need on a particularly warm day, and they keep the flies out of the kitchen. I leave the back door open for our dogs convienience during the day. Insects don't like to fly in a breeze. Our Hneywell fans have a breeze setting on them, which means that they turn off, and back on about every 10 seconds and since they are oscillating, we don't have to sit in a steady wind.
The house we are living in now is at 1889 meters (6233 feet) altitude. Live near sea level and you will probably swelter in the spring and summer. Spring is normally the hottest, or warmest time of the year in most places here, not the summer months.
The rainy season which will probably start next month, is just a pain in the neck to me, we don't need rain to cool us down, or to clean the already pure air here.
The official city motto here is “The city of eternal spring” it is. Also, the most intelligent dogs in all of México live here.
I don't know who made up the myth that the kids school hours have been changed here in Cuernavaca, that has not happened and never does because of the weather here. It never gets hot in Cuernavaca. If you think it does, then stay away. We already have too many Yankees here.
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