I learn something new every day. I had a client ask me about our humidity I instantly thought that is not a problem here. In all the years that I have lived here there have only been 2 days where It felt humid and muggy. I went online to find what the average percentage of humidity is at and was shocked to see 80% humidity. So I had to ask a few people that are much smarter than me to explain this to me.
This is what I learned. We live in an area that has high humidity and low dew points which means we do not get that muggy unbearable feeling we generalize as humidity.
So why is it that despite the fact that we live in an area that gets precipitation of snow and rain, and we have generally high humidity, that it doesn't feel as humid as it does in the Midwest and East Coast?
It all has to do with the temperature and the dew point.
Officially, the dew point is the temperature at which the air becomes 100% humidity, but it can informally be used as a comfort meter.
Around here, our summer dew points are generally in the 20s, while in the Midwest and back East, they can get into the 60s and even 70s. For instance yesterday was 80% -100% humidity with rain but the dew point was at 12% An 80% back east in an area with the dew point in the 60s would be unbearably muggy.
But temperature also plays a big part of it. Your body doesn't really feel the humidity until the temperature gets over 70 degrees or so.
To sum it up we do have high humidity percentages, but very low dew points and cooler temperatures. You will not feel uncomfortable or have a hard time breathing due to humidity.