This is why the heat in the UK always feels much hotter than abroad

This is why the heat in the UK always feels much hotter than abroad
This is why the heat in the UK always feels much hotter than abroad

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If there is one thing that is true about summer in Britain, it is that you will always be disappointed.

First of all, we hardly have any summer and spend most of the year in a kind of grey misery. And when summer comes, it is immediately overwhelming.

You’re sweaty, clammy, the air feels oppressive, and the beautiful, figure-hugging outfits you had in mind are instantly swapped for baggy, shapeless clothes that let in cool air.

But what about on holiday abroad, where the weather is usually much warmer than here? The sun is wonderful! You walk along in high spirits, in a carefree mood. You could actually live like this forever.

Why does this happen? Why is hot weather always so unpleasant in the UK and so pleasant abroad?

Fortunately, this is a real phenomenon and NHS surgeon Dr Karan Rajan has explained the causes.

Why is summer worse in the UK than abroad?

In a TikTok video, Dr Rajan said: “In the UK, relative humidity is higher than in countries with dry heat. This makes it harder for our bodies to cool down as sweat doesn’t evaporate as well (as it does abroad).”

He then explained that this is actually the reason why we feel hot and sticky. Ugh.

He added: “This is why 35 degrees in a dry climate can feel more comfortable than 25 degrees in a place with high relative humidity.”

The surgeon also added that part of the problem in the UK is that our infrastructure is not designed for hot weather.

He explained: ‘In the UK, buildings are designed to retain heat because the weather is usually cold, damp and uncomfortable.

“The same insulation that helps save energy in winter turns buildings into greenhouse gases in summer, especially without air conditioning, which most British homes do not have.”



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