Wendy Rush

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Some states in the country have canceled school this week due to “extreme” temperatures. But before you say “oh, give me a break”, Nevada, let’s discuss.

Multiple school districts have been shutting down their schools due to summer temperatures that are record breaking, NBC News reported. And more than 50 million people throughout the Midwest and Northeastern have been under heat alerts this week.

The states affected have included Midwestern and Southern states Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Oklahoma. And mid-Atlantic states including Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some of these states have seen temperatures 15 to 25 degrees higher than what is typical this time of year. And even some schools that aren’t closing all day are letting classes out early.

Teachers and school administration cited concerns for the students’ health and ability to learn as the reason for the closures, NBC News reported. The extreme heat they are experiencing now is more of the same that has been felt this summer. When unprecedented heat waves have crippled much of the southern, midwestern, and mid-Atlantic part of the country.

So how high are these temperatures anyway? And how do they compare to Nevada’s extreme summer heat?

One of the higher temperatures reported was 102 degrees in Dallas, Texas. Yes, those of us in Southern Nevada might be thinking right now “that’s not that hot”. And it certainly doesn’t seem so. Not when compared to our record high for this year, which was 116 degrees, according to extremeweatherwatch.com. Many of us in Southern Nevada pray for 102 degree days when summer comes around.

So why are these temperatures in the other states considered so dangerous?

Well, in Southern Nevada, we hear the phrase “dry heat” a lot. And it’s most often just an annoying thing people not from Nevada say when we complain about summer. But this is actually exactly why that phrase is relevant. A dry heat, meaning high temperatures with low humidity, allows the body to sweat to cool off. High temperatures AND high humidity is a very dangerous combination. When the human body can’t sweat, it overheats and bad things happen.

So the next time we complain about the heat and someone says “at least it’s a dry heat”, don’t roll your sweaty eyes at them. They have a VERY valid point. – Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ

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