It's not the Heat, It's the Humidity!

Summer 2002 CSANews Issue 43  |  Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.Back to list

Why does moisture in the air affect your body Temperature?

Your body cools itself naturally by perspiring water through the pores in your skin and evaporating the water in the air. When the air is humid, it is already saturated with moisture. Thus, the air is not "thirsty" and the sweat on your skin is unable to evaporate properly.

If the air is very humid you will still perspire, but the sweat will not fully evaporate and much of the cooling effect is lost.

On those especially humid days it is extremely important to get your body temperature down for an extended period of time in order to relieve the strain of extended exposure to heat.

So spend an hour in a well air conditioned environment such as a mall, office, home etc. This will bring your body temperature down and allow it to stop working overtime. Then you can get you back on your feet and do the things you enjoy.