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You know you’re cold in Florida when ...

It’s not a figment of your imagination. It has felt very, very cold lately.

Yes, we know it’s negative quintillion in Minneapolis where your sister runs a pet food shop. But Floridians have their own special struggles getting through this recent cold snap. There are scientific reasons for why we feel colder here, even if the number on the thermostat reads higher than other places.

Times reporter Sara DiNatale tackled the issue recently, writing: "Doctors and meteorologists agree it mainly comes down to how bodies acclimate to climates — but there are other factors at work, too. There can be circumstances when Florida’s humidity does, in fact, make it feel colder than what the thermostat reads."

Aha! Vindication for our constant complaining, at least a little. High dew points and winds, coupled with our bodies’ internal regulation systems, can make things feel brutal. And, at least when it comes to clothes, we’re woefully unprepared.

It’s looking like another chilly weekend ahead, with highs forecasted in the 50s and 60s. There are lots of fun celebrations on tap, and in the sun, the weather can be downright gorgeous. But just know if your teeth are chattering, you’re not crazy. You’re truly cold.

You know you’re cold in Florida when...

• Your heater sets off the smoke detector once a year.

• You go to bed like an airline passenger who didn’t want to pay the baggage fee, every piece of clothing on your body at once.

• You actually cook soup.

• You actually eat soup.

• You Instagram the thermometer on your car’s dashboard and your friends up north block you.

• You cancel your outdoor weekend plans because, "It might dip below 50" and you "want to be on the safe side."

• You convince yourself that Ugg boots and shorts are actually a cool, fashion-forward combo.

• You wear way more winter clothes than actually necessary, because when else do you get the chance to wear scarves and boots and puffer vests and your college hoodie from 1994?

• Your moisturizer budget is out of control.

• You spend a half-hour searching for a single winter sock. You know you had more than one.

• You never find the sock.

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