RT Cunningham


Beating the Heat - Dry Heat Beats Humid Heat Every Time

sun heat There are two kinds of heat in this world, dry and humid (humid meaning moist air). Deserts are known for being dry while islands and coastal areas are known for being humid. There are exceptions, of course. In Southwest Asia, there are desert areas on the coast.

Having lived in both extremes, I will take dry heat over humidity any day. Actually, if it’s ever possible, I’ll move somewhere where heat isn’t an issue. Places like Alaska, the Northern United States or Canada. Any of those places would work if I could afford to live there.

Living somewhere like that is just a fantasy at this point in my life. I can dream, can’t I?

The Dry Heat of the Desert

I grew up in the desert, in a small city. The summers sucked but not like the summers in the Philippines, if you can call them that. It’s not one of the officially recognized seasons.

The nice thing about the desert climate is that your perspiration dries up almost as quickly as it comes out. The human body’s cooling mechanism works efficiently in the desert.

The Humidity of the Philippines

The reason the weather is insufferable in the Philippines is because it’s paired with heat. I spent time in other humid places where the temperature never gets this high. Those places were easy to get used to. I’ll never get used to this.

If you’ve never been here before, and you don’t come from a similar climate, you’re in for a rude awakening. Yes, there are certain places in the United States where it’s just as bad, but I’m not going to talk about them.

You can be out in the sun, sweat like nobody’s business, and head for the shade of one tree or another. You’re still going to sweat. In fact, you never stop until either the temperature or the humidity goes down, usually at night. But not always. During the hottest months, you’d better have an electric fan or an air conditioner to stay cool. I have both.

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By RT Cunningham
July 7, 2017