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Homework Help: Air temperature and relative humidity

  1. Feb 20, 2013 #1
    In sauna rooms, people spend time in conditions of air temperature over 90° C (194° F) with a relative humidity near 10%. However, if you stick your arm into liquid water that is at a temperature of 90° C (194° F), you will be severely burned in less than one minute. Give two reasons why people are able to spend time in a sauna, but are severely burned in water at the same temperature.

    I have no idea why this is! Help?
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  3. Feb 21, 2013 #2


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    Which has more heat? A sauna with a relative humidity of 10% or a bucket of water, both at the same temperature, 90 C?
  4. Feb 21, 2013 #3
    You can cool yourself in a sauna by sweating. If you were wearing a coat in a sauna you would probably over heat and die.
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