Have you ever wondered why, if the human body is 98.6 degrees, when the weather reaches that same temperature, we find it so difficult to cope with?
If you are living in the parts of the U.S that have been affected by the freakish heat-waves of late, you might have found yourself pondering this very question. The recent heat-wave is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 52 people and this weekend, New Yorkers were sweating buckets and frantically fanning their faces when temperatures reached 99 degrees!
The reason we struggle to cope with temperatures that are akin to our own body temperature is because our bodies need to disperse heat and they can’t do that when the air is the same temperature as our body is. Our metabolism and muscles are constantly generating heat and we regulate our body temperature by transferring this heat onto our surroundings. Continue Reading