1. Your limbs might get swollen.
On extremely hot and humid days, your body can have problems cooling itself down. Normally, it directs warm blood toward the skin’s surface where it cools by sweating. But in hot temperatures, the sweat doesn’t vaporize, so instead, fluid gathers in your limbs, making them swell up.
2. You can have a higher risk of a heart attack.
Extreme weather can put a strain on your heart. Cold temps make your heart work harder to keep your body warm yet it causes blood vessels to constrict and decrease oxygen delivery to the heart itself. This mismatch of supply and demand may end dramatically in a heart attack or stroke. The same also applies to wind and snow, according to research.
3. Your skin might be displeased.
As the weather cools, the air gets less moist, which can be seen through our skin. It becomes dry, cracked, and itchy, sometimes aggravating pre-existing conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Strong winds can also impair the skin’s protective lipid barrier, causing bleeding.
4. Your hair and nails might weaken.
In winter, your hair and nails face the same problem as your skin. Blood vessels become narrow and the supply of nutrition and oxygen reduces. Of course, it weakens hair and nails, making them dry and brittle, and more prone to cuts and injuries.
5. You might experience joint pain.
There’s truth to those who claim they can feel a storm coming in their bones. A drop in barometric pressure may turn joints achy and sore, especially for people with arthritis. The fluids inside the joints get thicker at low temperatures, so our bones feel stiffer. Cold weather also tightens muscles and tendons since the blood flow redirects from limbs to central organs to keep them warm.
6. Your allergies could worsen.
Weather influences seasonal allergies, causing watery eyes on windy days, stuffy noses during rain, and more. Specific weather triggers natural processes like tree pollination, which we can be allergic to. The immune system deems all that mold and pollen unsafe and activates defensive mechanisms like itching, sneezing, and a runny nose. None of these are actually dangerous, but they’re unpleasant all the same.
7. You probably become deficient in vitamin D.
One of the main sources of vitamin D for us is sunlight. Cold seasons bring shorter days and people tend to stay inside more — inevitably, not getting enough sun. As a result, our vitamin D levels drop. Nasty symptoms of this type of deficiency include muscle weakness, high blood pressure, stress fractures, and greater pain sensitivity.
8. You might get caught in a blue mood.
With less sunlight in autumn and winter, you may experience unexplained tiredness. Low energy and exhaustion are symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), striking during the colder months due to a lack of vitamin D. It affects levels of serotonin — with less vitamin D, your brain produces less serotonin, making you likely to feel sad, cranky, and sleepy.
9. You might have migraines and headaches more often.
The cold makes our blood vessels narrow, slowing the blood flow within. Less blood arrives in the brain, which may lead to severe headaches. And if you have a history of migraines, almost any weather change can be a trigger for an attack. Strong winds, extreme cold, bright sun, dryness, and drops in barometric pressure are among the worst offenders.
10. Your asthma might do a flip.
Strong weather may trigger an asthma attack since any changes in the air can easily irritate inflamed airways. Hot, humid air is heavier and harder to breathe. Cold, dry air dehydrates the airways, swelling them and restricting airflow. And wet weather hosts mold growth, while the wind blows mold and pollen everywhere.