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Old 19.06.2011, 18:52
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Strangely enough, the use of airconditioning is far more extreme in the Deep South than in the North of the USA. This at least was my expression on trips to the USA. It may not be a scientistically established fact, but I stay with my impression(s)
That's largely due to not only the warmer temps, but the drastically higher humidity. The heat isn't what drives the A/C demand, it's the humidity as when you can sit in the shade on a 110F day with 99% humidity you simply condense instead of sweat. When you step into a building with 75F and 60% humidity, it'll feel much cooler in the south than up north where the difference is less dramatic.

Of course, this is changing now, too, as Boston over the past few years has had utterly miserable summers which, for a city that rarely had A/C in homes built prior to the 1970s, is a dramatic change from the moderate summers with much lower humidity. On the upside, there's always the beach nearby.
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Old 19.06.2011, 19:17
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

Ok that will sounds weird to call Switzerland dry climate, but I really think the air is dry no matter the amount of rain we get there....

25 degrees in Barcelona is much warmer than 25 degrees in Basel,because of the humidity.


In Istanbul, I had to get used to the hot and humid weather. It took me a whole year to stop sweating like a fontaine...

My hair and my skin were beautiful. My hair grow so fast under that climate.

I came in Switzerland and it was still hot but dry air, which made my hair and skin very dry. I felt like my face was cracking...

After 3 weeks back in a very warm and humid climate, I find my skin and hair getting better already. But I am not used to that heat anymore!

An other thing is with humid climate, you don't feel the sun burning as much than in a dry climate like Switzerland.
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Old 19.06.2011, 20:25
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Ok that will sounds weird to call Switzerland dry climate, but I really think the air is dry no matter the amount of rain we get there....

25 degrees in Barcelona is much warmer than 25 degrees in Basel,because of the humidity.


In Istanbul, I had to get used to the hot and humid weather. It took me a whole year to stop sweating like a fontaine...

My hair and my skin were beautiful. My hair grow so fast under that climate.

I came in Switzerland and it was still hot but dry air, which made my hair and skin very dry. I felt like my face was cracking...

After 3 weeks back in a very warm and humid climate, I find my skin and hair getting better already. But I am not used to that heat anymore!

An other thing is with humid climate, you don't feel the sun burning as much than in a dry climate like Switzerland.
I have the same issue, I have naturally dry skin, but here it is much worse than America. But then again the worst place I lived was Tokyo, which is quite humid, but they put a lot of chemicals in the water and it made my skin so bad I had rashes. Here is not so bad. I just use very good lotion.
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That's largely due to not only the warmer temps, but the drastically higher humidity. The heat isn't what drives the A/C demand, it's the humidity as when you can sit in the shade on a 110F day with 99% humidity you simply condense instead of sweat. When you step into a building with 75F and 60% humidity, it'll feel much cooler in the south than up north where the difference is less dramatic.

Of course, this is changing now, too, as Boston over the past few years has had utterly miserable summers which, for a city that rarely had A/C in homes built prior to the 1970s, is a dramatic change from the moderate summers with much lower humidity. On the upside, there's always the beach nearby.
Miserable summers ? In what way ? Rainy ? Cold ?
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Old 20.06.2011, 00:35
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Ok that will sounds weird to call Switzerland dry climate, but I really think the air is dry no matter the amount of rain we get there....

25 degrees in Barcelona is much warmer than 25 degrees in Basel,because of the humidity.


In Istanbul, I had to get used to the hot and humid weather. It took me a whole year to stop sweating like a fontaine...

My hair and my skin were beautiful. My hair grow so fast under that climate.

I came in Switzerland and it was still hot but dry air, which made my hair and skin very dry. I felt like my face was cracking...

After 3 weeks back in a very warm and humid climate, I find my skin and hair getting better already. But I am not used to that heat anymore!

An other thing is with humid climate, you don't feel the sun burning as much than in a dry climate like Switzerland.
What I myself have realized on numerous visits to Basel, and what was confirmed by others is that Basel is clearly less humid than Zürich, while Luzern is more humid than Zürich.
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Old 20.06.2011, 09:21
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

I have no idea what you guys are talking about, apart from the last few rainy days we've had brilliant weather this year so far, nothing to complain here!
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Ok that will sounds weird to call Switzerland dry climate, but I really think the air is dry no matter the amount of rain we get there....

25 degrees in Barcelona is much warmer than 25 degrees in Basel,because of the humidity.


In Istanbul, I had to get used to the hot and humid weather. It took me a whole year to stop sweating like a fontaine...

My hair and my skin were beautiful. My hair grow so fast under that climate.

I came in Switzerland and it was still hot but dry air, which made my hair and skin very dry. I felt like my face was cracking...

After 3 weeks back in a very warm and humid climate, I find my skin and hair getting better already. But I am not used to that heat anymore!

An other thing is with humid climate, you don't feel the sun burning as much than in a dry climate like Switzerland.
I know exactly what you're talking about!! The air here (Zürich, at least) is really dry! And the combination of that and all the kalk in the water (it's much worse here in Wetzikon) makes my skin burn from being so dry. And I have excellent body and face lotions, they help just a bit.

The heat here is quite funny. Like you said, 25 degrees here isn't really 25 degrees for me (25 in Sao Paulo feels like a 35 here), but since it's so dry, it makes the sun feel more powerful on my skin.
At least this torture (yes, this is torture to me, I hate summer) won't last too long I can't wait for the fall and winter again!
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Old 26.06.2011, 17:07
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

It's boiling hot here... Dive as quickly as you can kind of swimming pool weather. Can anyone who hasn't passed out yet read this message
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

Tomorrow will be 33 degrees.

Even me that was 1 and half year on Coimbra (Mountains of Portugal) will have problems.

Of course it won´t be the 38 degrees of Coimbra. You sweat in the 30 seconds you leave the house/car.

But event today 28 it was hot.
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Tomorrow will be 33 degrees.

Even me that was 1 and half year on Coimbra (Mountains of Portugal) will have problems.

Of course it won´t be the 38 degrees of Coimbra. You sweat in the 30 seconds you leave the house/car.

But event today 28 it was hot.
Today afternoon I was swimming in the lake near the Fischerstube .... and afterwards I was in a sunny place, drank a beer and "dried". But then I moved into the shadow. Amazingly, the shadow places were full with Arabs and Turks and Arab/Swiss and Turk/Swiss, while the Mid/North Euros were "baking" in the sun At home I was in the sun on my balcony again
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Flippin' scorching yesterday, relentless sun all day & into the evening and even in the night on a long drive I had the A/C on...

...waiting now for the weather to break and the build-up will be agony followed by sheer pleasure when the rain falls. I saw some Indians yesterday wiping their foreheads.
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Flippin' scorching yesterday, relentless sun all day & into the evening and even in the night on a long drive I had the A/C on...

...waiting now for the weather to break and the build-up will be agony followed by sheer pleasure when the rain falls. I saw some Indians yesterday wiping their foreheads.
Just imagine how bad it would be if there was some serious humidity to go with it where even in the shade you'd have no escape.
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Old 28.06.2011, 09:57
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Miserable summers ? In what way ? Rainy ? Cold ?
Many days over 90F with oppressive humidity into 80% or more. It used to be you'd get an occasional day over 90F, but the humidity would rarely stay in the uncomfortable zone...and that has changed now where you can get a week of 90F with high humidity and it not cooling off in the evenings. Without A/C, you can lose a lot of sleep which makes it even more miserable.
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it is now 10 am, time to lower the blinds on the sunny side and close the windows.
I also close the windows on the shady side, as over the next 2 hours the air temperature will increase to 30 degrees plus.
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it is now 10 am, time to lower the blinds on the sunny side and close the windows.
I also close the windows on the shady side, as over the next 2 hours the air temperature will increase to 30 degrees plus.
I'm a little lazy, do you mind doing that for me...they keys are under the carpet. Thanks!
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Flippin' scorching yesterday, relentless sun all day & into the evening and even in the night on a long drive I had the A/C on...

...waiting now for the weather to break and the build-up will be agony followed by sheer pleasure when the rain falls. I saw some Indians yesterday wiping their foreheads.
It was so bloody hot y-day so much so the brain failed to function properly under circumstances...

I parked my shiny car under the trees seeking the shade but forgot about birds bombs with high pH factor. The bonnet hot like a frying pan and I scraped the dry kaka after it's been laying there for several hours. Not a good idea on a very hot day, which left me with a deep mark on metallic pain. I tried to use the wax& polish, but it still looks crappy and I think I should pay a visit to specialized shop with very fine grade polish. Don't get me wrong I love birds when they fly in the sky
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Just keeping me hanging on, I need a beer, no, a peppermint Tea....no, a water, no, natural water, no.....
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

Funny how used to the relatively temperate weather here in Zurich we have become. Iowa would be nasty hot and sticky this time of year, but we have been away so long, this weather really gets under our skin. Perhaps we just miss air conditioning...
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Funny how used to the relatively temperate weather here in Zurich we have become. Iowa would be nasty hot and sticky this time of year, but we have been away so long, this weather really gets under our skin. Perhaps we just miss air conditioning...
Here comes a mobile A/C unit; just above Schaffhausen...
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Re: The Tropics of Switzerland..

You all shouldn't complain about 'the heat' because this is nothing compared to other heats in other countries. I lived the past 7 years in the desert and that's what you can REALLY CALL HEAT.

Enjoy the summer please before it gets cold again.

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