Not during monsoon season dearies. It’s a wet heat and those of you who tell me wet heat is worse than dry heat need to come visit for 3 months out of the year. You’ll get a taste of both dry and wet heat.

During the summer monsoon it is common to have a 70% humidity along with 100-108 degree temperatures. Prior to monsoon season, it is common to have 110-120 degree temperatures. The difference is a comparison between sitting in a sauna or sitting in a kiln. HINT: People often pay to sit in saunas. After a week of 10% humidity and 112-120 degrees frying eggs on the pavement, baking cookies on your dashboard and risking heat stroke while walking to your mailbox, you’ll be excited for the cooler 105 with 70% humidity.  Ask the lizard my husband witnessed doing a 50 yard dash from the dry wash to the garage where it came to a stop next to his foot. The poor critter was so hot he didn’t care about that size 14 shoe that could have turned him into reptile mash.

As someone who spent most of her life in Louisiana, unless you are from Louisiana, you don’t know humidity. 95 degrees and so much humidity you can soap up and rinse off in the sun on your way to your car in the morning still feels cooler than 118 degrees. Sure you sweat more, but you’re still not as hot as you are when it’s 118.

Speaking of sweat, I realize this is supposed to be the body’s cooling system, but has anyone ever, anywhere, felt cooler when the body is producing more precipitation in an hour than the desert gets in a year? As far as I’m concerned, sweat as a body’s natural air conditioner is a massive fail. We should have kept our tails and evolved solar powered fans at the ends of them.

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