This past two weeks, summer weather has finally made its long-delayed arrival in Houston. I went out for a bike ride this morning at 7 a.m., and the waves of yesterday's stored heat radiating up off the inner-city pavement caught me by surprise. My neighborhood was above 80 degrees before breakfast.
So, I was thinking about an afternoon ride. But, I made a mistake. I went to AccuWeather.com to check the afternoon weather for Houston. Yikes. A high of 97 degrees (in the deep shade at a suburban airport). A "Real Feel" of 110 degrees (that is also IN THE SHADE, combining the temperature, humidity, and windspeed).
That makes the "Real Feel" temperature in the middle of a sun-baked inner-city street closer to 120 degrees or even 130 degrees. (The temperature reading on my patio at 3 p.m. "peaked" at 117 degrees.) You could fry an egg on the pavement. I think my afternoon bike ride is getting postponed to about 7 p.m.
So, if you want to enjoy riding your bike during June and July, stay AWAY from AccuWeather.com. Make your policy on knowing the afternoon temperatures "Don't ask. Don't tell". A ride in 110 degree weather is more doable if you DON'T know how hot it really is.