Can a temperature be used to indicate both hot and cold?
In south Florida, 70° F does exactly that.
|Seventy degrees has a double |
meaning in south Florida
In the winter it’s the metric by which we measure winter.
Florida doesn’t have a winter season, per se, but rather days of winters which, at least this year, we could count with both hands. Only 8 daytime highs in Naples Florida didn’t manage to make it over 70° F.
Compare that to summer when we use the same 70° F to also measure warm.
In this case it’s flipped: it isn’t daytime highs, but rather nighttime lows measure the mark. It’s the rise of nighttime temperatures consistently above the 70° F mark that ushers in the hot, humid, and rainy season in south Florida.
If only we had just 8 days of those, too!
(The number is closer to a hundred and fifty … sigh.)