[LMB] OT: Temperature

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 12 23:55:51 GMT 2022


I was in a health spa in Bad Hamburg many years ago. It had a line of
saunas with the temperatures listed by the door. The last was listed as a
100 c. I sat in it for a very short period of time it was very hot. I had
to sit on my towel the bench too uncomfortable.

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022, 11:21 AM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:

> markus baur <baur at chello.at> wrote:
> > and actually - you can survive 100?C air temperature - like in a sauna
> > for example
>
> A sauna is steamy, but not temperature-of-boiling-water steamy.  If the
> temperature were really that high, the vapour pressure of water would be
> 1 atm; there wouldn't be any oxygen.  And you'd destroy your lungs if
> you managed to take a breath.  At most, the steam entering the room is
> at 100', but is then diluted and cooled by the air.
>
> Exposure to steam at 100', even momentarily, is *intensely* painful,
> as it condenses on the skin and transfers all of that heat energy.
> I'm saying this from recent experience, having accidentally put my hand
> in the plume of a steam-based humidifier.  Instant scald.
>
> Joel
>
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