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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:07 AM
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New Orleans in August?

We travel to New Orleans regularly twice a year, but it's always spring and fall. I'd like to go to the Red Dress Run in August, but am thinking it'll be hotter than Hades. I'm pretty sure you all will agree with me, but if anybody wants to throw in a, "You'll be fine if you just sit on your balcony and watch everybody go by. Go ahead and go!" I'd appreciate it.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:31 AM
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You know what the weather will be. Stay hydrated and think cool thoughts!
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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:45 AM
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I have been there in July and August, and 4 words describe it.

Frigging hot and sweaty.

And very uncomfortable and hard to breathe due to high humidity. Thinking cool tho just will not help in that kind of oppressive heat.

Sorry, but it is reality.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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Way too hot - you could;t pay me to go.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 06:04 AM
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Po*p - I pretty much knew that was what I was going to hear but, just in case, couldn't resist asking. Thanks, folks.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 06:31 AM
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I visited NO many times for pleasure, like you in the spring and fall.

Unlike nytraveler, they did pay me to go to NO in August. In retrospect, she was right.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Until a couple of years ago, New Orleans in July was the hottest place I'd ever been in my life. Then I went to Luxor in August. But New Orleans in summer is still no. 2!
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Feb 24th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Average high in the 90s, average low of 75 so no relief whatsoever from the heat/humidity. Pray for a thunderstorm to roll through and give you a break from the heat.

I lived in Gulfport, MS for 2 summers, same temps/humidity. We certainly didn't sit indoors all summer. Do as much as possible in the morning before it gets too hot, stay out of the sun as much as possible later in the day and dress appropriately.

Sit on your balcony in the shade (preferably get a fan blowing on you), have a cold drink and enjoy.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 10:46 AM
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The room at our hotel faces Bourbon Street and has a covered balcony, so we can easily be out of the sun and watch the festivities on the street. Dang, I really want to go, but........
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Feb 24th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Just go if you want to. When it gets too hot outside, head inside for a cold one.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 01:18 PM
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Work the shade. When out for a walk in the morning, make sure you stay on the shady side of the street. Seriously, cross the street when you have to to stay in the shade. It is amazing how much that helps.

Relax indoors, eat, nap, casino, museum, swim in the afternoon,and head back out in the evening.

If you get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm, just stand in the street and get soaked to the skin. You'll look like a fool, but you won't be the only one and it feels good!
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Feb 24th, 2013, 03:10 PM
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Thanks everybody - I'm thinking it's just going to be a last minute decision either way, but how can you go wrong in New Orleans?!
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Feb 24th, 2013, 03:35 PM
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I have been to New Orleans three times in my life and it has always been in August so I don't know any better.
There is the aquarium and museums to retreat to,air conditioned bars and restaurants abound.The thunderstorms are beautiful and cooling.
Take a ride on a riverboat,drop into a casino,enjoy the hotel pool.
Things really happen after sundown anyway.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 04:57 PM
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BlackandGold has some great suggestions for dealing with the heat, especially the part about walking on the shady side of the street. It really does make a difference! We have been to New Orleans once during August. It was hot, but we didn't find it unbearable, but it's pretty warm and humid in KY in July and August, so we may have been partially acclimated. We did outside things in the morning, spent the afternoons touring museums or shopping, and when we got too hot, we ducked into the air conditioning. Drink lots of water, be careful with libations (they can dehydrate you!), and have fun.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 06:19 PM
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You can easily go wrong! After having been to NO nearly every year for decades, we had to go twice in August for business. I've been in Las Vegas when it was 114, but those two trips to NO were the most miserable (weather-wise) I've ever been. It's not just the heat, but the combo of heat and humidity. I would NEVER go again in August or September unless I had to.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 08:04 PM
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We lived there for about 6 years, and in those circumstances, you do get used to the heat and humidity. But then we moved away and several years later returned in the summer for a brief visit. We were coming from Dallas, not known for cool summers, so you'd think we wouldn't have been too badly bothered. Wrong. It's the hottest I have ever felt, except perhaps for that 113 ° day in August in Phoenix.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 12:50 AM
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Yes, it is hot, but those of us from NO somehow manage just fine.

As others have said - stay hydrated, have a good hat, take advantage of shade/AC as much as possible, head up to the river levee for a breeze, and enjoy the early mornings and evenings. Oh - and be sure to have a nice cold snowball (spearmint is my favorite)!

And when you think you can't take it anymore - think about being 9 months pregnant in the NO August heat!! (Been there, done that)
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Feb 25th, 2013, 07:31 AM
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OO, I am with you. The times I went to NO in July and August, I lived at that time in Houston, which is very hot and humid in the summers. But New Orleans was worse. The humidity was opressive, I found it difficult to breathe and I had no chronic health issues and was in good shape.

Ling there and vacatining there in August are two different things. When you live there you are forced to deal w/that oppressive heat and humidity in summer. AS visitor, you have th eoptin to go at a different time, and if not to go somewhere else and leave the NO trip for a better weather period.

I am heading to the Jazz and Heritage Festival for a long weeekend with a friend in April and can't wait. I love NO. But late April is the latest I will go there, until next Oct., when I will be going back again.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 07:40 AM
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The OP is looking to go for a particular event that takes place in August. So, my recommendation is to go and have fun. Just be prepped to deal with the heat.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 12:44 PM
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We have been in NO in August many times, and of course it's hot.

I guess that, since we live in Alabama, we are somewhat accustomed to heat and humidity, but to us, a trip to New Orleans is worth it!

Make good use of the pool and cold drinks!

Have fun!

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