So here in the Greater Chicago Metro area it is gonna be a hundred degrees Fahrenheit.. Hot, yes. Humid too. Like dewpoints in the 90’s. Plus no breeze.
The media is, of course, hyping it up greatly. Like it has never happened before. (It has, many times). Lots of times I’ve worked outside in these conditions in the past. I may or may not do so today. But the TV folks are playing it up Big Time.
They are telling everyone how to not die in this terrible (not) heat. Do people really need to be reminded to drink enough water? To stay out of the sun when possible? Is it a good idea to thwart Darwin by reminding them of this? Are people really stupid enough to not drink water and to stay in the sun when it is hot and humid? Should we care if they do?
The issue isn’t the heat, as they say, but the humidity and lack of a breeze. Even sweating, one cannot cool off because the sweat doesn’t evaporate. But it isn’t like it hasn’t happened before, and it isn’t like it isn’t endured by people in our southern states every year. It’s hot, but not even record hot.
If you die from being out in this weather it is generally cause you are stupid.