Southerners more acclimate to heat than those from cooler climates

Southerners brave hot temperatures. / Jessica Fairley

For the past week the Midwest has been scorched by high temperatures but in southwest Georgia people have been seeing record numbers throughout the whole summer.

If you're born and bred in the south, it may seem like temperatures reaching over 90 degrees into the 100s are a part of life but a representative for Palmyra Medical Center says many northern and mid westerners aren't used to prolonged high temperatures.

She says they often get a shock when faced with the heat. Liz gray with the Albany Welcome Center says she sees it all the time.

"Many people come from the north, especially during the winter seasons, and they are always very surprised at how hot it is in Albany and how humid it is here," said Albany Welcome Center Publicist Liz Gray.

Medical professionals say people from cooler climates feel like their bodies are reacting differently because it is. They say people who live in areas with dry heat don't notice their sweat because it evaporates faster. And when they get to the south, they notice the difference.

"Lots of them say they do sweat a lot more than what they sweat at home," said Liz Gray.

"When you get down here in this element and your sweat doesn't evaporate the way it's supposed to that's when you end up feeling hotter," said Palmyra Medical Center Nurse Practitioner Michelle Collins.

Collins says southerners are more acclimate to high temperatures simply because they're used to it.