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At what temperature do you think it is pertinent or advisable to cancel an outdoor sporting event?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26879points) July 25th, 2014

Lately around here the temps have been hovering around 98 to 107 deg. (yey!!), many people are cowering hunkering down in their homes under the A/C. Some people were still out doing athletics, but many who have dogs are keeping them inside. That made me thinks if you would not let your pet out in the heat, would one go into the heat themselves to play sports or allow their children to do such? At what temperature should a sporting even be cancelled? Would it determine how much physical exertion is needed, like running or jumping? Would it depend on how much is worn, such as beach volleyball with minimum clothes, as oppose to football with full pads and helmet?

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Coloma's avatar

Heat stroke can happen to anyone of any age and it is not smart to be seriously active when it is 90–100 degrees out. Obviously Kayaking vs. full gear football is kinda a no brainer. Stick to water skiing and rafting on a nice cold lake or river.

zenvelo's avatar

We live near each other @Hypocrisy_Central, and while it has been hot it isn’t at all humid. So even though it was 100 here today, I went for my usual 3 mile run. And I could have run in that condition for another rten degrees, as long as it stays dy.

I have done long bicycle rides with 120 degree heat reflected off the pavement. As long as you stay hydrated and pour some water on your head, it’s hot but not bad.

However, I was in Washington DC a couple years ago, 98 degrees and 98% humidity, I felt like I was inside a hot sponge. And I walked at night of r dinner, and after dinner about halfway back to my hotel I almost fated. The misery index was up about 107, and it was awful. It really depends on the misery index, not on just the temperature.

downtide's avatar

It depends on a lot of things. If it’s a spectator event, there needs to be consideration for them too. Are they standing out in the sun or is there shade available? Does everyone have access to free water? What’s the humidity and the wind like? Are the organisers going to get sued if someone faints?

elbanditoroso's avatar

For an outdoor ice hockey game, anything over about 24 will melt the ice,

Coloma's avatar

The “misery” factor is at critical mass here right now. Pushing 100 today and a raging 1,300 acre wildfire burning 15 miles from me.
@zenvelo I like the “misery factor” analogy. haha

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo We live near each other @Hypocrisy_Central, and while it has been hot it isn’t at all humid.
Being right on the river, I am hearing people say all of the time this day is muggy, or that. I guess I am use to it but there have been a few days where it seems like the heat was palpable, like you wanted to sweat simply blinking your eye. A ,lot of times when it gets that way, (or even dryer), people may go out themselves, but keep their pooches inside for fear the animal will have a stroke or seizures.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Well, in the last few weeks we’ve had three different monsoon systems come up from the Gulf of Mexico with moist air, and the Bay Area has been more like the Midwest as far as humidity. But yesterday was very dry over Northern California.

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