The Washington, D.C., area can’t count on the warmth of a winter sun to help you survive on the job, according to a new study from The Weather Company.
The company surveyed 1,300 U.S. workers and found that winter temperatures were only about 20 degrees cooler than average for the nation during the first quarter of 2018.
But a winter storm or other extreme weather could still make a big difference in winter-related work for outdoor lighting installation workers, according the study.
That could make a difference for people like Michael Lacy, a project manager with The Weather Co., who said he uses a small outdoor lighting fixture to keep his house warm and dry while working outdoors.
The fixture costs about $15 and is a simple tool to install in a garage.
He said he relies on it to keep the house heated during the summer months and is not worried about getting hot or cold.
“The sun, it’s a little warmer and it’s nice to have, but I think the other things like the wind, the windchill, the temperature is all very variable, and the sun is definitely the best way to keep your house warm,” he said.
“If you’re in a big city, you might not have a lot of time to spend with the sun and the weather in the city is going to be pretty cold.
So I’m not concerned about that.
But for a guy that’s living in a rural area, it might be a little bit more of a challenge.”
While the weather may not be too bad, winter weather could also mean you’ll have to use a little more caution than usual.
The Weather Corp. found that while snow and ice in the winter is generally manageable, it can also be dangerous, especially if you have to deal with snowbanks or slippery ice.
Lacy said the cold winter can make him and his wife very nervous.
“We’ve been going to the grocery store, we’ve been driving to work, we have a house to live in,” he explained.
“We’re very aware of the cold weather and we’re definitely prepared for that.
And then it’s just not the weather that we are used to, so we have to really be very careful when we’re on the road.”