U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Given the same heat index, which is more preferable?
Humid 29 45.31%
Dry 35 54.69%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-18-2014, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Tangerang (6°17 S)
610 posts, read 852,822 times
Reputation: 137

Advertisements

Given the same heat index would you prefer dry heat or humid heat?

For example a 32c(90f) with a d.p. of 25c(77f) or 42c(108f) with a d.p. of 5c(41f)? Both yield a heat index of 39c(102f).

Personally I can't answer it since I've never experienced the latter scenario although the former scenario happens nearly daily regardless of month. I really want to experience dry heat once or twice just to know how it feels.

Last edited by bronski; 04-19-2014 at 12:10 AM..
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-18-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Winterpeg
6,889 posts, read 6,458,812 times
Reputation: 2533
The humid example is much better IMO. I have experienced both of these situations 2 days apart before(Nebraska and Nevada).

Dry heat at that temperature is just painful, it dries out skin and eyes and you dehydrate without knowing it.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
75,274 posts, read 58,833,311 times
Reputation: 13439
I've experienced both and the dry heat wins in my books. So much easier to drink fluids than to get oxygen.

Do they issue life threatening excessive heat warnings when dew points are low? I've seen them more when temps and dew points are high, not just temps. Easier to manage life with a dry heat. Just need liquids and shade.

Shade doesn't even help humid heat. You need to be indoors...or in water.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 12:07 AM
 
3,608 posts, read 4,063,454 times
Reputation: 943
I suppose humid heat is better.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (44°0 N)
2,673 posts, read 2,672,012 times
Reputation: 1030
The humid one is much better.

42°C with ur 10% is terrible, feels like a roasted chicken.
32°C with ur 70% sounds good, hot but comfortable. It's common here during summer.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 02:46 AM
 
Location: United Nations
5,278 posts, read 3,587,309 times
Reputation: 1263
Both seem brutal! However, I choose the dry one because I think it may be cooler in the shade, since the air doesn't contain a lot of water vapor.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
11,145 posts, read 9,479,086 times
Reputation: 5852
42C with a 5C is still much more comfortable.

32C with 25C would actually feel more hellish. It will feel like a sauna room.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
75,274 posts, read 58,833,311 times
Reputation: 13439
Quote:
Originally Posted by theropod View Post
42C with a 5C is still much more comfortable.

32C with 25C would actually feel more hellish. It will feel like a sauna room.
Great analogy. If anyone has been in a sauna room they will understand. Imagine that room the entire outdoors.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 05:47 AM
 
12,973 posts, read 13,872,850 times
Reputation: 5454
Las Vegans live through the dry quite regularly. Generally in late June we get some of our hottest temperatures but bone dry. And that is actually much nicer than the somewhat lower peaks a month later with the monsoon driven humidity getting up into the 20% rh range.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
22,937 posts, read 12,256,324 times
Reputation: 19253
I grew up in New Orleans with brutal humidity and have spent considerable time in the desert southwest and I much prefer the hotter temp dry heat over the humid heat...not even close.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top