Top Things To Know Before Moving to Orlando
Moving to Orlando has its own unique advantages and challenges that, as locals, it is easy to forget are foreign to people who are new to the area. Dealing with alligators in every roadside drainage pond and constant summer rainstorms may sound like Sunshine State folklore, but these are real problems for those who live in Orlando and the nearby areas. Here are some of the top things to consider before making a move to the Central Florida area in the upcoming year.
Lightning May Strike Twice– Literally
With Florida ranking number one in lightning strikes in the nation, its no small surprise that local houses and businesses run the risk of being hit. Thunderstorms are most common in the summer months, during the afternoon hours, and can be fierce enough to span tornados. The typical lightning strike that hits a residence or business is not dangerous to the people inside but can fry electronics like televisions and computers. Connecting your home electronics to a surge protector is a good way to ensure they stay protected from a strike. If you have homeowner’s insurance, your policy may cover replacement of lightning damaged items.
The Summer Can Be a Tad Bit Warm
While many people are attracted to Orlando to get away from extreme winter temperatures in Northern states, there is a downside to living in our local climate. If you’ve never lived through a Central Florida summer, you might be surprised by how hot it really gets, how often it rains and how much the heat can affect you. Heatstroke doesn’t just happen to visitors to the area, it can strike locals who aren’t drinking enough water and step out for a summer stroll. Perhaps most surprising to new Orlando residents is the common practice of staying inside in the summer months, particularly between noon and 2 PM, when the sun is hottest. Unlike people in more temperate climates, Florida residents coordinate summer schedules based on avoiding the sun and going where there is air conditioning.
Get Ready for Year-Round Tourists
Orlando’s international reputation as a vacation destination means that tourists are a constant presence in the life of the average resident. These people bring tourist dollars to the local economy and keep creating jobs in the area, so they are a welcome addition to the local landscape. But they can also add to long lines and crowds at popular destinations that locals also enjoy, like the area malls, restaurants and nightclubs, meaning longer wait times and bigger crowds than you may be used to dealing with in smaller towns.
Prepare To Enjoy Beach Quality Weather Year-Round!
With the average yearly temperature being a minimum of 62.3 and a maximum of 82.6 degrees (F), theres more days than not that make great beach weather! Although you may not always want to get in the water, you can enjoy comfortable, sunny days on beaches like Cocoa, Clearwater, Miami, and so many more during almost every day of the year. While friends and relatives in other states are battling heating bills and ice scrapers, you can be sipping a drink in front of The Atlantic ocean or Gulf of Mexico (or both– they’re only about 3.5 hours away from each other) throughout the entire winter!
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