10 Weather Problems You Only Get in New England

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TRURO, MA - AUGUST 12: People watch from the beach as a colony of several hundred seals sit on a sandbar at High Head Beach during low tide on Cape Cod on August 12, 2012 in Truro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

TRURO, MA – AUGUST 12: People watch from the beach as a colony of several hundred seals sit on a sandbar at High Head Beach during low tide on Cape Cod on August 12, 2012 in Truro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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The weather is finally warming up in New England, as summer washes away what was a long, frigid and disgusting winter. It’s nice to have the warmth this time of year, but there’s also plenty of rain and thunderstorms to deal with.

Oh and the temp could be 90 one day and 50 the next. It’s Mother Nature’s way of keeping New Englanders on their toes.

Fortunately for this part of the country, we rarely have disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornadoes. But we have to trade that in for unpredictable temps and conditions, which adds up to plenty of first-world problems.

Here are the 10 most common issues New Englanders always have to deal with when it comes to the weather. Other parts of the country have some of these problems, but they all come together at the same time here. What’s your least favorite?

1. Choosing between iced coffee and hot coffee

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It could be 50 degrees and rainy on your way to work, but 75 and sunny by the time you get there.

What’s a coffee addict to do in these conditions? Some New Englanders are so hardcore, that they just tough it out and order Dunks iced coffee year-round.

We’re crazy, we know.

2. Getting caught in a surprise rainstorm

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If you’re a girl, then you’ll understand how important the weather forecast is to your outfit.

Although there’s always a feeling of uncertainty when relying on the weatherman, if he says it’s going to be sunny, you go ahead and break out your sandals. Otherwise, you never will.

Just make sure you keep your rain boots in your car for those unpredictable surprise rainstorms!

3. Leaving car windows open

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Sure, leaving the car windows open sounds fine in theory. That is, until one of those surprise rainstorms attacks!

In New England, the only way to air out your car is while you’re driving. That way, you’re in control. You never know what mother nature will do when you’re not looking.

4. Keeping a sweatshirt handy

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Always be prepared – especially at the beach. Unless you’re lucky and you live on a beach, most New Englanders drive to their beach destination. You may leave your house thinking all you need is sunscreen, your shades and your suit, but you could be wrong.

Driving 20 minutes north could result in the temperatures feeling 15 degrees cooler, so always bring a hoodie!

5. Wasting time washing your car

(AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE) (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)

Washing your car can go one of two ways. You can wash your car and have it ruined by the weather or you can not wash your car and have it ruined by the weather.

Either way, your car is going to be dirty. And New Englanders have to deal with this all year round.

6. Planning your summer party around the weather

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Any time someone invites you to a pool party or an outdoor event such as a wedding, the weather is the first thing on your mind. Everyone’s thinking it. And unfortunately we really don’t know what the weather will be like until that day, so we always have to have an indoor backup plan.

“Want to come to my birthday party? It’s either going to be a pool party or a movie night.”

7. Deciding when to plant your summer garden

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Once the temps hit 60, New Englanders get eager to plant their gardens. Unfortunately, we can’t call “no backsies” on the weather, meaning it could look like spring is here, but then the weather can go right back to winter within a day.

As much as it stinks, your best bet is to just wait until June to plant your garden.

8. Choosing between shorts and long pants

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This one seems to echo the “iced or hot coffee” question.

The minute the temps go above 50, New Englanders literally start wearing shorts immediately. It could be 80 today and 40 tomorrow, but for some stubborn reason we will stand by our decision of wearing those damn shorts.

9. Keeping all of your coats handy at all times

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Most New Englanders don’t need to bother packing their winter coats away for spring and summer, because you never know when you’ll be hit with that 45-degree morning in the middle of June.

On the flip side, there’s always a few days around November and March/April that are warm enough for sweatshirts, which give you hope – before Mother Nature crushes it.

10. Choosing which coat to wear

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The weather is so unpredictable in New England, sometimes the temps and conditions change hour-to-hour! Basically, you have to make a choice: do I want to be cold in the morning and sweating in the afternoon, or vice versa? Oh and you’ll probably have to wear that raincoat – you know, in case it monsoons for about 8 seconds.

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