Planning for humid days in western Mass.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s always some moisture in the air, but when that moisture level goes up, it’s harder for our bodies to cool.

When you sweat on a humid day, the sweat on your skin doesn’t evaporate as quickly, so your body can’t cool itself as well.

When it’s hot and humid, you feel more uncomfortable. Tuesday’s humidity was one of western Massachusetts first sticky days this spring.

Geoff Geane of Otis said, “It hasn’t been anywhere near the humidity we are having today so this is the beginning, I guess, of the summer hot swelters. The humidity can be a bit of a problem. It’s not my favorite part of the summer, but it’s bearable.”

You can measure the stickiness in the air in two ways:

  • You can look at the dew point which is a measure of moisture in the air.
  • If it’s 60 degrees or higher you’ll feel sticky, over 70 and it’s very uncomfortable.

You can also look at the heat index which is a calculation to determine what it feels like. Dew points in the low 60s Tuesday meant it felt a couple degrees warmer than the air temperature.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest weather updates.

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