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How does humidity affect the body?

When we sweat, true cooling comes from the evaporation of that sweat. Humidity impairs the body’s ability to evaporate sweat. Thus, humidity reduces the body’s ability to give off heat and cool itself.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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