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June 19, 2005



It was between 90 and 100 percent humidity yesterday ( in Ireland) although the temperatures were not so punishing. You are right about the AC, I 've lived in very hot parts of the US, but the journey between an air conditioned house to air conditioned car to air conditioned work to air conditioned house, to air conditioned pub, shopping centre or starbucks is not that arduous. Here you cant even escape into a movie - as most have no AC, and going inside mostly gets you hotter ( that includes my workplace).


I remember an Ivorian officer at a course at Ft. Leavenworth complaing about the heat, at about 90-95% humidity that day, and being surprised that he woudl commnet on it. He reminded me that his part of the country got a lot of marine influence and was a lot more moderate than Kansas.

More than the AC in making high heat and humidity bearable is having the weather persist long enough for your body to adapt. The general rule I have heard quoted is about a month, to go from say 70 degrees at 60% to maybe the norm hear in coastal Georgia in June of 100% at 90 degrees. Heat waves and surges in humidity are killers, because you never get the chance to adapt.


"Why can't I live some place where it's spring all year round?"

San Francisco? Sure it's foggy, but it rarely goes below 35 or above 80... And even if it does get hot, it's dry heat, not humid heat...

Abiola Lapite

San Fran? Great! Now all I need is a Nob Hill mansion of my own - or even better, a nice big number up in Atherton or thereabouts; nothing too fancy, just within the $2-5 million price range ...

Nicholas Weininger

The real estate prices are crazy, yes, but SF's rents are not bad for a city of its size. A quite decent 2BR can be found in the heart of the city for $1800/mo these days, and for $2200-2500/mo you can get a terrific 2BR in the midst of everything, or a decent 3BR big enough to raise a family in. Then just keep your assets liquid and wait for the bubble to burst...


Try Brisbane. But only for 8 months of the year.

gene berman


Seems as though you've got a contradiction going about SF's weather. On the one hand, it's foggy but, when it warms up, it's a "dry heat."

SF, like much of the Pacific coast, has a somewhat "English" climate type, characterized by relatively high humidity level. Most people are more comfortable in moderately humid climates, within a range of relative humidity levels. And, even though a hot, humid place may be oppressive, it's generally livable, in contrast to the hot, dry climate which is hardly habitable without the special provision of air-conditioning. Those places which are hot and dry aggravate (through evaporation)
the effects of heat; the reverse is true of colder climes, where the higher the humidity, the greater (because of higher specific heat of the wetter air)) the potential of the air to chill.

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