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(BBC-US)   Today's extreme heatwave winner is ... Wales. Come up and claim your wilted leeks   (bbc.com) divider line
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432 clicks; posted to STEM » on 20 Jul 2021 at 5:10 PM (6 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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6 days ago  
Wait... they shut down the bars... in *WALES?!*

...do they not know what that means?!
 
6 days ago  
It's called a refractory period.
 
6 days ago  
I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.
 
6 days ago  

Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.


Ugh... 90* and humid. Uuuugh.

Gives me nightmarish flashbacks to my time at Argonne in summer. Just walking out of the air conditioned building to go to the cafeteria, the moment you're outside it's like ants crawling all over you as every hair mattes down in the sweltering wetness.
 
6 days ago  

Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.


It's one of the few things I'm grateful about as far as desert summers.  Sure it was 103 yesterday (which is maybe a little low for this time of year) but it was only about 20% humidity.  Unpleasant, but not a complete farking mess of a sauna.  Heat's a lot easier to live with than humidity for me - both in the general "Ewww wtf steam bath!?' sense and in the, "Too much humidity farking makes me knee go nuts and hurt even worse" sense
 
6 days ago  

erik-k: Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.

Ugh... 90* and humid. Uuuugh.

Gives me nightmarish flashbacks to my time at Argonne in summer. Just walking out of the air conditioned building to go to the cafeteria, the moment you're outside it's like ants crawling all over you as every hair mattes down in the sweltering wetness.


I like to describe it as being like walking around in a gorilla's armpit.
 
6 days ago  

Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.


That's uncomfortable not deadly
 
6 days ago  
Maybe now they will start appreciating coaled weather
 
6 days ago  

Gordon Bennett: erik-k: Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.

Ugh... 90* and humid. Uuuugh.

Gives me nightmarish flashbacks to my time at Argonne in summer. Just walking out of the air conditioned building to go to the cafeteria, the moment you're outside it's like ants crawling all over you as every hair mattes down in the sweltering wetness.

I like to describe it as being like walking around in a gorilla's armpit.


Some days the armpit would probably be the less odiferous alternative - man I remember riding the bus in high summer... sheesh
 
5 days ago  
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Juc
5 days ago  
so they close down when it's -30 and when it's +30?
I thought you were supposed to be acclimatized to hot or cold, not neither of the above.
 
5 days ago  
If the humidity is high enough, that's definitely a deadly temperature.

https://research.noaa.gov/article/ArtM​ID/587/ArticleID/2621/Dangerous-humid-​heat-extremes-occurring-decades-before​-expected
 
5 days ago  
Hmmm my post was mangled. That was in response to chitownmike.
 
5 days ago  

chitownmike: Gordon Bennett: I was out earlier today in 32C temperature with stagnant, very humid air similar to the climate in Britain. It's awful. Just sitting on a bench for a couple of hours listening to podcasts while drinking iced coffee I felt gross and sweaty. It's absolutely dangerous to anyone who is in poor health or not well hydrated.

That's uncomfortable not deadly


It all depends on the humidity. If it's low, then you can go pretty high on the temperature and still be fine. Google "wet bulb conditions".

Basically at 95 F wet bulb, Lance Armstrong would soon die outdoors. Above 86, you'd be hard-pressed to do any real work outside.

https://www.omnicalculator.com/physic​s​/wet-bulb

Climate change could well result in significant areas of the US experiencing wet bulb conditions during some days during the hot months of the year. This would make some areas essentially uninhabitable - if July and August can turn deadly during the middle of the day for several hours, people are going to have a difficult time living there any time of the year.

Forest fires are already making parts of the West nearly uninhabitable and things are guaranteed to get worse going forward. No one wants to live in a place that turns into a hellscape during the summer.
 
5 days ago  
Can confirm. I'm in Cardiff and the last couple of days have been difficult. How difficult? Clamping ice-packs between your legs difficult.

The forecast for tomorrow is rain, though.
 
5 days ago  
30.9°C = 87°F

33°C = 91°F

Current Temp in, say.... Baghdad?  48°C = 119°F

Kuwait is currently rocking 50.9°C = 123°F (Current hottest spot measured at the time of my writing)

It's amazing what acclimatization can do for people.

Hope you guys can stop cooking in your buildings, and keep cool.  Apply ice to major arteries if it gets too bad.  (Wrist and throat are easy, brachial and femoral are a bit trickier)
 
Juc
5 days ago  
I think big problem is that the buildings are basically set up to not handle any sort of extreme weather.
personally I can handle -40 pretty easily but I certainly don't like it, and having a building equipped for that stuff makes it livable rather than a massive challenge for survival, but I think most places there struggle with anything close to that.
I imagine anything past mid 20s is more than what their infrastructure is typically set up for, plus it's pretty uncomfy.

places need to harden their infrastructure and set up stuff to handle extreme weather now that the ice caps are melting. I have no idea what the new normal will be once the currents shift but better to be prepared than reacting after the fact.
 
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