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Why does 80 F feel different when indoors?

Asked by simone54 (7562 points ) September 6th, 2012

I was feeling very hot sitting in my house so I put up a thermometer. It said it was 80 degrees. How come when it’s 80 F outside it feels great but when it’s 80 F indoors it feel like hell?

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the100thmonkey's avatar

Probably the humidity and the movement of air – inside, it feels terrible because the moisture from your skin can’t evaporate due to higher humidity. The air is relatively still too, which means that what does evaporate tends to saturate the air closest to you.

That’s why turning a fan on feels awesome.

ETpro's avatar

Turn a fan on. Outside, 80ยบ F is delightful unless it’s unbearably humid and there is no breeze stirring. Indoors it’s more humid unless you have a dehumidifier running, and there is no breeze. So, as @the100thmonkey suggests, add a fan.

seekingwolf's avatar

It’s the breeze usually. 80 degrees indoors without a breeze feels awful. I actually hate it when it’s anything greater than 70 indoors but I like warmer weather outside. It’s all about breeze and humidity too.

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