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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/28/2008

D.C. Not the Only City Sweating it Out

By Dan Stillman

Washington isn't alone when it comes to sweaty weather. In fact, it's pretty far from the top -- No. 48 -- according to Old Spice's annual ranking of America's sweatiest cities.

Yeah, I know... kind of hard to believe for those of you pouring with sweat from just the short walk to and from the store today. Noon dew point at DCA was a tropical-like 73 degrees.

How long will the heat and humidity stick around, and what about storms? See our full forecast for the answer.

By Dan Stillman  | June 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Local Climate  
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Comments

Yeah, but in a lot of those cities your sweat actually WORKS. If there were some way to rank sweat absurdity level, I bet DC would be up there.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | June 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Also, the dew point yesterday evening was so high that I could see my breath. Hello, summer.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | June 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Oddly, I moved from SF to DC, without really considering the sweat factor. It's okay, though, I've lived in Chattanooga and Houston both places that outrank DC, quite easily. If you've ever been to Houston in December and dealt with 80% humidity and temperatures in the 70s, DC seems quite lovely. Or that summer I spent in Chattanooga with over 30 straight days of 90+ degree weather, many days over 100, all with DC like humidity. Really, we do get off easier than we think.

Posted by: Christopher | June 28, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, DC isn't that bad. EVERYWHERE on the east coast is generally humid in the summer. The further south you go, the hotter and more humid, the further north, the cooler and less humid.

Thus, DC is low on the list, because almost any city south of it is going to be higher on the list. Houston, anywhere in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, etc, all make DC's "heat" look pretty tame.

The main thing is the LENGTH of the heat. In mid-July, yeah, Houston is hotter than DC, but its not that terribly noticeable once you are over 90. But when DC is cooling down in mid-late September, and getting gorgeous in October, Houston is still baking. I grew up in Houston, and some years you wouldn't stop sweating until mid-November.

Up north, they have the advantage of the heat being broken up. Even in NYC, cool fronts will occasionally push through throughout the summer. DC seems just far enough south that by July, we are "socked in," with no escape.

Posted by: Jim in Blacksburg | June 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Other things that really suck about DC in the summer:

-A storm often does not bring with it cooler, less humid weather

-Those days (like today) where a random, heavy rainshower only makes things more nasty/humid/tropical afterwards

-Temperatures in the 80s all night

Places like Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, even Long Island can be just as hot as DC during the day, but often the night is quite comfortable. DC summers are the main reason that I will probably never return to DC once I leave, actually!

Camden, make it rain like a mofo tonight/tomorrow!


Posted by: Dave | June 28, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Chattanooga??? Worse that DC??? You've got to be kidding!!! I thought there were mountains around Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain, etc. I've spent some time in Tennessee, and the worst spot is undoubtedly Memphis, though I haven't been to West Tennessee. Memphis is down on the river and the north end of the Delta country. Nashville can get hot and humid, but Knoxville can actually become quite tolerable with temperatures in the sixties at night. Knoxville is in between the Smokies and the Cumberland Plateau, in a valley. If it gets too hot in Chattanooga you can always go up Lookout Mountain.

Posted by: El Bombo | June 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting post, but it can be misleading. In the dry, desert heat, you sweat, but it evaporates quickly. In hot, humid summers like ours, the sweat just stays on you, accumulates, and makes you miserable.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | June 29, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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