This is why a humid day feels so hot

Eighty degrees and sunny sounds like a picture perfect day!

You can round up some friends to go to the beach, play some soccer or anything else that gets you outdoors.

But if you crank up the humidity, suddenly you're bound to be a sweaty, exhausted mess.

Why does a humid day feel so much hotter?

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10 Most humid US Cities

10. Charlotte, North Carolina 

With an average July temperature of 78.5 degrees, the 17th most populated city in the U.S. made it on the list.

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9. Dallas, Texas 

With the highest average July temperature out of all 10 cities that made the cut, Dallas residents cope with highs near 86 degrees at the peak of summer.

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8. Los Angeles, California

The second most populated city in the country made it onto the list.

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7. Raleigh, North Carolina

Average peak summer temperatures close to 81 degrees helped put North Carolina's second most populated city on the list.

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6. Washington, D.C. 

A dense population and average July temperatures near 80 degrees gave Washington, D.C., its ranking on the list.

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5. Orlando, Florida

Sitting in a climate ripe with humidity, Orlando's July temperatures average at nearly 83 degrees.

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4. San Diego, California

The eighth most populated city in the U.S. made it onto the list with peak summer temperatures hitting near the 70-degree mark.

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3. Houston, Texas 

High humidity combined with average July highs of nearly 84 degrees put Houston in the top three. 

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2. Miami, Florida

In Miami, average daytime highs in July hit close to the 84-degree mark and Florida's geographic location fuels high humidity levels.

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1. Tampa, Florida

With an average July temperature of 82.8 degrees, Tampa, residents are in a prime location for sweat-inducing humidity.

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First, we need to look at how the body cools itself off.

Bodies sweat to squeeze the heat out and water soaks up tons of heat, so it's a great system.

When we sweat on a regular day, it all dries off eventually. That evaporation takes our body's extra heat along with it and it feels great.

But humid air is already chock-full of water so your sweat doesn't really have anywhere to go.

Evaporation slows down and all that heat stays stuck to you, so you start cooking.

That's why weather forecasters use a "heat index" to describe the weather because dry days really do feel cooler.

Next time it's humid out, make a dive for that AC before you get fried.

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