Last summer, our whole family met up out in Phoenix for a meeting of sorts (unimportant details) with extended family. My husband and I flew from the east coast (inland S.C.) as did our youngest daughter at a separate time, and our oldest daughter joined us from the west coast (coast of So.Cal.).
It was in late September and Phoenix had decided to offer a little cool down while we were there, and the temperatures were in the upper 90s most every day, and a couple of days it broke 100. But It had started to break a bit from the grueling summer heat where it consistently beat down those triple digits.
Anyway, I digress. This is my story: My husband likes to walk in the evenings. And being in Phoenix didn’t change that. So he walked for a couple of nights – said it was wonderful weather…warm and dry.
So…the next day dawns HOT and dry as usual. Well, we (he and I) decide we will walk up to this little coffee shop we had noticed the day before for some coffee and maybe a muffin or something. So we announce to our hosts at we are leaving (it’s maybe a mile, one way), and I thought they were going to call the POLICE!!! HAHA!! Seriously!
The man launches in to this long tirade about how it is way too dangerous to be out in that heat, and heat stroke, and blah, blah, blah…
Well, after about ten minutes, I finally convinced him that his Phoenix 95 degrees was perfectly comfortable to a South Carolinian who is acclimated to the same 95 degrees WITH HUMIDITY. Because you might can be in 95 degrees with low humidity for a long time and hardly break a sweat; but if you are in that same temperature with 90% humidity, you are going to pour sweat, simply standing still.
We walked for coffee and back and never felt like the heat was a hindrance whatsoever. We even remarked that we wished we could have those high temps and leave off that humidity. Because, boy does it make all the difference.
I wonder if anyone out there has NEVER experienced true humidity? It’s just like getting into a sauna. The air hangs moist and thick, and when you sweat, the perspiration cannot evaporate because the air is saturated with moisture so your perspiration just collects right on your body – all over. Yucky.
Those Phoenix folks wouldn’t stay in their homes so much, avoiding that heat the way they do, if they got a taste of a S.C. summer. (But I do get where he was coming from – a person CAN suffer heat stroke under those conditions if they are not accustomed to them and if they are not careful).
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