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"It's not the heat, it's the humidity!"
There's a lot of truth to that statement. As the humidity increases, it's harder for our bodies to cool themselves so it feels like it's much hotter than it is. In fact, when temps as low as 85°F are combined with moderate humidity, it can be plain uncomfortable and there are health risks as well. During a heat wave, like 1998's record-breaking summer, the comfort factor nosedives and the risks increase.
The Heat Index calculates the apparent temperature based on the actual temperature and the relative humidity.
Beating the heat
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