It's funny being in North Queensland, where almost everyone thinks it's hot here.
Most of the daylight hours have temperatures below 30 C/86 F with 65+% humidity.
In Perth because the humditiy is low (17-54% afternoon is typical?)
and you sweat less when there's heat,
many West Austalians seem to be hesitant to describe the weather as *hot*
Since North Queensland is very humid,
even when the sun is out it, purely on sun heat vs. shade temperature,
it feels like there's a fine shade cloth in front of the sun.
I actually prefer being out in bright sunshine
and have found North Queensland often disappointing in the daytime.
It just feels so mild, shade vs. sun... it's weird.
Heat indexes are made to adjust for humidity, but rarely ever solar intensity.
It's pretty hard to measure solar infrared intensity.
But imho, Perth's sunshine makes the air feel up to 4 C/7 F warmer than Townsville.
So 30 C here feels like 26 C in Perth.
That's why I find it silly local residents call this *hot*.
"...The humidity takes your breath away..."
how about Perth's sun's heat is enough,
the sun on your chest or back takes some of your breath away?
Hot air feels somewhat-empty, which can leave one gasping slightly.
I'll add a bit more later.
I thought this would be fun to discuss, as when I lived in Canada I'd never have enough consistant exposure to sun to discover this.