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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:06AM

Dress for success

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Although we’ve had relatively comfortable weather the past few days, Southwest Florida residents are headed for a long, hot summer. This is not a surprise. Summers here are always humid and sticky, and daytime highs are normally in the mid-90s. Until the afternoon clouds build and provide some shade, the sun can be merciless. And since we’re probably four to six weeks away from regular showers, this is the time to be most concerned about the sun’s negative effects.

I love Florida, and I have a hard time imagining living somewhere else. But living here means being smart about dealing with the heat. When you’re indoors, air conditioning makes that much easier, but if you’re reading this, you probably spend a good deal of time outside. I know some of you choose to avoid outdoor activity in hot weather, but that’s just not an option for me. In summer, the fishing is better and I have more free time to enjoy it, so I’ve got to find ways to avoid melting while I’m out there.

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