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The Blow Dryer Effect

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1. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Every summer our weather forecasters will talk about the blow dryer has returned to Las Vegas. Today was one of those days. Hot: 106 (42) officially, 109 at our house, Dry: 3% humidity, Windy: gusts over 25mph. Walking outside today it did feel like a giant blow dryer had been turned on.

Las Vegans will admit it gets hot here, but it is a 'dry heat'. Think of entering the Gates of Hell and you will get the idea. Hot sure, but dry.

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 5y

Dry heat I can deal with. 42 degrees, 3% humidity, bring it on. On the other hand a particularly humid day in Singapore makes me run for the air conditioning, even if it's only 30 degrees.

It's turned into a good old July summer here in Britain. I've been totally drenched 3 times this week cycling back from work.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

I have been in Singapore many times and you need a shower 10 minutes after you step outside. Hot but dry is better.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 5y

I remember the sign at Deat Valley, with the average monthly temperatures and the 'but it's a dry heat' line next to it. It was meant in a funny way (as 57C is still very hot lol), but I understand what you mean: dry heat is better to cope with.
Still, this year I haven't seen Furnace Creek/Death Valley on the list of extremes so far. Very odd. The heat seems to concentrate in the midwest like Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

By the way: imagine places where 45-50C (really temperatures, not in the sun) combined with high humidity are a fact: Delhi just before monsoon season, or (unlike many people think) the coastline of the Persian Gulf in summer....

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 5y

Dry heat? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha..........I wish. It's been 38-40C here for the last 2 weeks, and just for giggles, throw in 80% humidity. No rain to speak of for 4 weeks, and just got 6cm of rain in 12 hours. But no, that's not throw in work, where we boil 12,000 gallons of liquid for 8 hours every day......just because 80% humidity isn't enough!!!

On the upside, I have all the ice cold beer I can drink......

btw Mike, I grew up in Tucson....we had dry heat there too. We knew it was dry because even the sweat would evaporate off your forehead in 3 seconds or less. It was swell.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 5y

I'm probably the only person in the world who would prefer 30 °C humid heat over 40 °C dry heat. Sweating actually makes me feel pretty good.. :)

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Oh we sweat here in Vegas, it just evaporates in minutes. Sweating then evaporation is the way humans cool off. This is why I found Singapore & HCMC so difficult. You sweat buckets, but it never evaporates, it is just too humid. You always feel like you need another shower. No thanks.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Quoting Peter

I'm probably the only person in the world who would prefer 30 °C humid heat over 40 °C dry heat. Sweating actually makes me feel pretty good.. :)

You're a sick man, Peter. I suggest seeing a doctor soon.

I LOVE our central air conditioning (got it 2 years ago - finally). I'd be seriously dead by now if we hadn't made that leap. Sweating in Louisiana and Florida, at 35C, for 2 weeks did not make me 'feel pretty good'. It made me jump in the available pools as often as possible. Swimming pools are a good thing. I mean a really, really good thing. Wish I had one. (Installing central A/C was cheaper.)

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 5y

I just swim in my own pools of sweat

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