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How to Survive New England Weather

As a native resident of Massachusetts, I often get asked by my peers who grew up elsewhere, how to prepare for the New England weather. To survive in Cambridge, you must be prepared for anything. The weather here is very hard to predict and can change frequently and rapidly. For example, you may wake up to sunny blue skies, but halfway through the day get caught in a heavy rain shower. Monday may be a warm 70 degrees Fahrenheit and call for shorts and t-shirts, but by Friday it could be as cold as 45 degrees and require a winter coat. One day it may be snowing and the next day it will feel like summer.

Here are some tips that will help you survive the New England Weather:

1. Always keep an umbrella on hand. It could rain at any time. 

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2. Always keep a scarf, hat, and/or gloves in your bag. It may start out at 40 degrees Fahrenheit at 8am when you wake up, rise to a comfortable 65 degrees by midday, and fall back down to the high 40s when the sun goes down.

 

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3. Invest in a good pair of winter boots, a warm winter coat, and some thick socks. When looking for a coat, look for one that is waterproof, has good insulation, and has a hood.

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4. Keep all types of clothing in your closet at all times. You can never officially pack away your summer clothing in the fall or your winter clothing in the spring. As I said before, one week may be unseasonably warm and the next week may have snow.

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5. Learn to layer your clothing. You may need to put a sweater on under your jacket to keep you warm when outside, but will want to take it off when you enter buildings.

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6. Invest in a large fan. While the winters get cold, the summers can be very hot and humid. The first and last few weeks of school will require that your windows are open and the fan is on high at all times. (Harvard doesn’t have central air conditioning in the residential buildings - one of the downfalls of going to an older institution)

 

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Note: The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative can provide money from their Winter Coat Fund to help students who come from warm weather locations and are unable to afford the preparations for winter,.

Follow these tips, and you will have no problem handling anything New England throws at you.


Me and my friend laughing to cold away
Above: Me and my friend laughing the cold away

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Hi, my name is Rhea and I’m a junior here at Harvard College. I am studying Archaeology and Integrative Biology. I was originally born and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts, however, I now live in... View full profile

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