What happens when the human body heats up above its normal “operating temperature,” as Matzarakis calls the standard 100 degrees Fahrenheit? The body cannot get rid of excess heat just like that. This is only possible through perspiration: Controlled by the nervous system, the sweat glands produce a liquid which evaporates on the surface of the skin, which cools it. “However, if you immediately wipe the sweat off with a towel, evaporation and cooling don’t work,” says the biometeorologist.
Older people don’t sweat as much anymore
In old age, the metabolism is no longer so active. That’s why older people usually don’t feel the heat until later than younger people, Matzarakis says. At the same time, the elderly could no longer sweat so much.
And the biometeorologist is not sure that the temperatures perceived as individually unpleasant can be judged acceptable at a given time thanks to the training. However, you can get used to it. It works well for a short time at water temperature. “You can feel a difference of a degree or two. But you can handle it.” Which sounds a bit trivial, but can help in principle: if you are prepared for the fact that something is not at the usual (feel-good) temperature.
Lifelong zombie fan. Twitter evangelist. Unapologetic travel buff. Hipster-friendly introvert. Typical creator