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When it's hot and humid in New England (85°F to 105°F, 30°C to 41°C), as it may from mid-July through mid-September, head for the beaches, the islands, mountains, & lakes.



By mid-June, New England's climate is well into summer, and despite the region's northerly and coastal location, it can be pretty hot and sometimes quite humid.

July is reliably warmer, and August—particularly its middle and late weeks—is warmest of all. Everyone wonders how many "dog days" there will be, days of unremitting heat (85°F/30°C to 105°F/41°C) and humidity that slow down human activity and cause electrical power "brown-outs" (low-voltage problems).

There may be only a few dog days, or there may be a week or more. After three or four such days, New Englanders begin the noisy chorus of complaint—if they aren't on the beach, where the usually-frigid water can finally feel not frigid, but refreshing.

Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA
Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA, on Cape Ann...

Swimming in New England's many glacial lakes and ponds (such as Walden Pond in Concord MA) is usually pleasant, as the water is cool to warm.

Sailing, along the coast or on the rivers, is a choice activity.

A hike to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains, is takes a good deal of energy and vigor, as does even the ascent of Mount Monadnock.

A week at a beach on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. But a drive through the Massachusetts Berkshire Hills or along the Connecticut shore can also be satisfying.

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Summer at Wingaersheek Beach near Gloucester MA

A hot summer day, cool sea water, a lighthouse in the background: this must be New England!

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