Hot Weather - Is It Heat Or Humidity That Wears Us Down
Hot weather affects us most when humidity and temperatures stay high. But droughts and fires thrive on dry air.
Hot weather is not the most spectacular type of weather. It often builds up slowly, with the temperature rising daily often under clear skies. But if it continues long enough,its effects can be very serious.
Very high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, can seriously affect the very young and the frail aged, and cause their share of emergency situations. Duringprolonged hot and usually humid weather, or
noticeable increases in deaths above the expected rates are
often seen. While most of these fatalities are not the direct
result of excessive heat, heat and particularly high humidity
is often the trigger for other causes of death.
Long periods of low rainfall, particularly when combined
with summer heat, result in
- the most slowly
developing and longest lasting type of severe weather.
Droughts have major economic effects, both nationally and
individually, particularly where farmers are concerned.
Droughts are also major contributors to land degradation
through dust storms and aggravated erosion when the rains
do come due to the lack of grass binding the soil.
is usually associated with high
temperatures, particularly in combination with low humidity,
high winds, and dry thunderstorms. This combination
reaches its peak in outbreaks of Wild Fires - out
of control fires, often started by lightning and driven
on by strong hot winds, putting lives and property at great
Smoke can also provoke its own set of problems to
transport and public health.
Apart from the strong winds occuring in high risk fire
weather, there are usually few dramatic changes seen on
home weather stations during the course of these events.
But they can still hold our interest, and the links in
the preceding paragraphs include more information about
their development and characteristics.
One form of hot weather which does create a bit of interest
on home weather stations is thunderstorm activity during the
Monsoon Season. Some of you may be scratching your heads at this
point - a monsoon in North America? Indeed, but it is restricted
to the south west in mid to late summer. Following the link
will provide more information.
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Hot weather comes in and around summer, and so do hurricanes
and thunderstorms, accompanied by tornadoes, lightning, hail
and more. Information on these extreme weather events can be
found on the
Severe Weather page.
More information on Weather Stations can be found on the
Home Weather Stations
page, and there is also a
page to help you
set up your weather station.
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