This is my island in the sun…. Oui!!!!
Man it is hot outside! Oh yea how hot is it?
So far Colorado has been spared the current heat wave plaguing North America. Even my Canadian friends are looking forward to winter and that is super harsh. It is not that Colorado never gets hot it is the nature of the heat. 100 degrees in Denver with 10% humidity is very different than 100 degrees and 80% or higher humidity that is experienced to the east of us. The human body has a natural cooling mechanism, sweat. The fact that we sweat does not cool us off but when sweat evaporates it cools the body. When the humidity is low the evaporative cooling works but in high humidity environments that cooling system is short circuited. The sweat forms and sticks on you. Not only does it stick on you the sweat heats up. The result is not only misery but could lead to real sickness and in extreme cases death.
The National Weather Service has come up with a handy chart that expresses heat index or as it is commonly called “feels like” Here in Denver we are lucky enough that the temp and heat index are usually the same. Take a look at this chart.
Heat stroke, sun stroke no matter what it is called is real and it is serious. I have experienced it more than a few times and although I obviously survived I have no wish to go through it again. Cold sweats, nausea, cramps, vomiting heat stroke is a nasty business and there are no warning signs. Resolution is relatively easy and no nonsense, get out of the sun, get into a room with A/C if possible, fans and or cool cloths will help, take water slowly. If you begin to vomit excessively get to a doctor. As with many environmental dangers it is the young, elderly and people with poor health that are most likely to experience problems. Please watch over your children, elderly relatives and neighbors till this heat wave breaks.
Conditions in Denver as I write this post are as follows
Yes it is hotter than I would like, I prefer 75 to 85 but at least it is a dry heat. And yes humidity matters. I love Colorado because the lack of humidity means that when the sun starts going down we actually cool off, by 7PM it will be 83 and cooler if we get an afternoon thunderstorm. The real cruelty of humidity is that it holds the heat in like a blanket, so even the nights are no relief.
Yea man but it’s a dry heat!
Shout it out peeps, what are you dealing with today.