How the Dew Point Impacts How It Feels Outdoors
REGION (WGGB) — We’ve all heard the expression: “It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity,” but come to find out, that’s not exactly true.
When it comes to how you feel, it doesn’t have to do with the humidity, but rather with the dew point.
We have all seen the dew point scale. It’s one of our most popular graphics meteorologists use in the summer.
It’s the scale that tells us how if feels.
The higher the dew point, the more uncomfortable it is, and when the dew point rises above 70, it’s downright oppressive.
The hotter the temperature, the higher the dew point can climb.
While the dew point does the best job of telling us how we feel, the relative humidity does the best job of telling us how the atmosphere feels.
The relative humidity is a percentage of how close the dew point temperature is to the air temperature.
The closer together they are, the higher the relative humidity will be and the better chance we will see clouds, fog, or even precipitation.
So remember, if you want to know how it feels outside, it’s all about the dew point, but if you want to know if it’s sunny or cloudy, then it’s all about the relative humidity.