Is it the heat, or the humidity?

The truth behind the hottest week of the year

July 14, 2017

It's been a steam bath here in the Carolinas this week.  In fact, it's been the hottest week of the year so far.

But, what's worse, the heat, or the humidity?

For us humans, humidity is worse, simply because our bodies are so sensitive to the water vapor humidity leaves on the surface of our skins.  When we sweat, it's our body's way of getting rid of heat, but if the air's water vapor sits on our skin as well, guess what - we're going to feel hotter longer...

That's where this whole heat index comes from.  That's the measure of how hot it really feels when humidity is factored in with the actual temperature.

For example, if your theromometer reads 96 and the realative humidity is 65%, then the heat index (how hot it feels to your body) is a whopping 121 degrees!

So, technically, it is both the heat and the stay inside, and crank up The Wolf!