And That's A Good Thing?
by Nick Coons
Jun 9, 2004
Being an Arizona
native, I'm quite proud of this state, with all of its great wonders.
Combine that with a healthy competitive nature, and you have someone that
brags about how hot it can get.
The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.
And the standard response, "But
it's a dry heat! Yes, what a comeback.
Okay, so I understand
humidity. You might not think so, but there are a few times when it's
hot and humid. Actually, people here pay good money to gyms so they can
sit in and relax in just such an environment -- A sauna.
while the issue of comfort is usually the most common, it is also relatively
unimportant. Wet, humid heat will make it more difficult for your body
to cool down and your close might be sticky from the excess perspiration,
there really isn't anything more that can happen to you.
the other hand, "dry heat" is very dangerous, especially to unsuspecting.
Because there is little moisture in the air, the moisture escapes your
body quickly. And to someone who's never experienced before, dehydration
doesn't give you much warning.
The first sign is thirst. If
it's hot and dry and you feel excessively thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Beyond this, you may start to feel dizzy, light-headed, or ringing in
you ears. Some of this is due to heat exhaustion, and the two go hand-in-hand.
Going further, heat stroke, passing out, and worse are to follow if you
don't cool down and immediately re-hydrate.
So the next time
someone indicates that being in an environment described as a "dry heat"
is less intense than their mildly uncomfortable but safe humidity, you'll