And with the way climate change is projected, things will probably never improve
I never foresaw average summer temperatures growing to this degree back when my family first moved to this area. It was at least 20 years ago, and despite having intense summer heat waves from time to time, something insane like 110 degrees on an August afternoon was exceptionally rare. I remember weeks at a time that would elapse in between turning the air conditioner on to cycle. We simply left the front door open with the screen door shut, along with a window on the opposite side of the house. With a simple setup like that, we had ample cross breeze if there was a tiny bit of wind outside. This went on for years with little to no change. Even by the time I was applying for college, the climate had stayed relatively the same for my entire life up to that point. But when I started to rent my first apartment after undergrad was over, I could tell that something had changed fairly quickly. The average highs throughout the summer were getting outrageous, and even the winter season started to feel colder all of a sudden. Right now I’m barely making enough money to afford the exhibent electricity costs just to keep the air conditioner running. If I don’t want to sweat indoors, I have no choice. It has gotten so bad that I am now considering a permanent move out of my home state. And with the way climate change is projected, things will probably never improve. Even if I had unlimited funds and could keep my AC as low as 50 degrees, I still wouldn’t want to be here. Just walking from my car to the door at the grocery store is enough to make me break a sweat.