I lived in Yonkers, just outside NYC, until I was eight years old and the family moved to CA. I well remember lying in bed at night soaked in my perspiration, unable to sleep due to the stultifying heat. Southern CA can be like that, too, in the summer--and my father was too cheap to air-condition the house until I was well into high school. Even way up north in Minneapolis, the humid summers were wilting. Here in Portland, we average about 20 days per year when it gets above 90. That's 20 days too many but the humidity is a lot lower than in the places mentioned above. I'd be happy if it never got above 72. I find endless days of bright sunshine boring after a while and, unlike for many, the cool gray days are soothing, not depressing. So this is the perfect climate for me. Except for those 90-degree days.--fleg
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