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Old 05-19-06, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hit 100 F here today.

It's May 19th and 100 F outside. Ouch! Anyone else in the oven?
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Old 05-19-06, 04:56 PM   #2
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It's May 19th and 51 F outside!!!! In Chicago....
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Old 05-19-06, 05:05 PM   #3
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No oven here. 7C or 44F. More like an ice box in Southern Ontario. Snow in the forecast for Northern parts.
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Old 05-19-06, 05:16 PM   #4
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Finally, had a nice day here in Indy. Looking forward to a sunny weekend! Let's cross our fingers all. I need the miles.

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Old 05-19-06, 05:23 PM   #5
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100 degrees in Southern Kansas
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Old 05-19-06, 06:21 PM   #6
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50F and rain in Western PA. 100F in Kansas?? Well I see 89F in Kansas City and 93 in Wichita, but that is still pretty toasty for this time of year.

Pedal Pittsburgh is Sunday and they are predicting 45F for the start and rain possible. Yuck.
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Old 05-19-06, 06:56 PM   #7
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It's been over 100f for more than a week straight here now.
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Old 05-19-06, 07:10 PM   #8
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It's supposed to rain the entire weekend here in Northern California. I had two days of bike riding and kite flying planned.
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Old 05-19-06, 07:38 PM   #9
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85 in southern California
and I decide to ride 45 miles
into FIERCE HEADWINDS...
What was I thinking???
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Old 05-19-06, 09:20 PM   #10
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Cool in Brooklyn...rain off and on for the past two days though.
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Old 05-19-06, 09:23 PM   #11
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95 in central Oklahoma today. Hottest day yet. I'm just now remembering how good the heat is at zapping one's energy.
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Old 05-19-06, 10:59 PM   #12
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Lol it was 113 yesterday. Its the days that are over 120 that really get you.
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Old 05-20-06, 03:21 PM   #13
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only 100?

We had our first 100 on May 1st, with only 5 days this month not reaching 100. Like UAEBiker wrote, those days above 120 will test you for the afternoon commute home. Last summer I had one morning commute that was 98 when I left the house at 5:00 am. Gotta love it, no snow in the winter months to contend with.
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Old 05-20-06, 04:40 PM   #14
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98 last Tuesday here in Idaho!
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I think we've already broken the 100 mark in Southern Oklahoma. We're averaging mid-to-high 90s.

I'm still adjusting.
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Old 05-23-06, 02:55 PM   #16
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Monday afternoon was awesome once the dust settled! Today isn't too bad either. I think our first official 100 this year was on the 11th, about a week later than average. After this week though, I'm going nocturnal until October. That graph is going to have to get taller pretty soon.

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Old 05-23-06, 04:07 PM   #18
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A crisp 92° F in Dallas, today. It looks like more of the same, for the next week or so.
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Monday afternoon was awesome once the dust settled! Today isn't too bad either. After this week though, I'm going nocturnal until October.
A 20 deg drop in high temp from one day to the next. Amazing.
The forcast is for 106-8 on Thursday.
This is when the riding becomes fun! Stick to it (wisely with proper hydration) and you may be amazed to find that riding for short periods (<35min or so) in this heat is not so bad. 118F always seem much worse walking thru it than cycling.

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A 20 deg drop in high temp from one day to the next. Amazing.
The forcast is for 106-8 on Thursday.
This is when the riding becomes fun! Stick to it (wisely with proper hydration) and you may be amazed to find that riding for short periods (<35min or so) in this heat is not so bad. 118F always seem much worse walking thru it than cycling.

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I'll keep riding to work every day(although my new job is so close to my place, the ride is hardly worth mentioning), and I'm car-free, so I will be running short errands during the day when necessary. Sometimes I soak myself with cold water before I go out. It's heaven until it dries, which usually doesn't take long.
Aside from a few monsoon rides on the beach cruiser though, my recreational riding is going to be either after sundown or much further North. It doesn't bother me too much though, I've been doing it so long it's just kind of part of the seasons for me. When in the desert, do as the coyote do... The canine type that is, not the human-smuggling type.
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I'll Sometimes I soak myself with cold water before I go out. It's heaven until it dries, which usually doesn't take long.
I tried this once for a 115F commute home. My shirt was bone dry less than 1/2mi from work with 8 to go. The overall effect I think was worse than a dry shirt as the cold* wet shirt inhibited my body from going into cooling mode and then need to catch up.

*yes a wet shirt in 115F 8% humidity feels uncomfortably cold. (comment not for bikemike who knows this, but for those who live in humid or cool places)

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I once did a 50-mile ride in 102F temperature. Actually the temperature started nice at 75F, but it quickly heated up when the sun got higher. I went through both of my bottles with 20 miles to go... When I finally got back to the starting point, I gulped down 2.5 cups of 64-oz drinks! Never going to do any long rides in such types of temperature. BTW, the metal parts of the bike was too hot to touch! You guys biking in 110F+ temperature must be crazy...
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For the AZ guys, I like to ride with a denim collared shirt when it is in the 110 -120 range, soak the shirt, and the collar tends to stay wetter longer. Keeping you nice and cool around the neck. Also, my commute takes me along the Colorado River in a couple of spots (Bullhead City) and so there is opportunity to cool down. Having live back in the Midwest before, I know those folks reading this can't believe we would ride in the heat, but I will take it over 85 with a dewpoint of 70 or better. Now back to original question of this thread, how hot in your backyard?
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It's going to hit 70F here on Thursday first time in in 8 months. I vaporize into dust when hits 100F. You folks could ride to hell and back. You guys are impressive to ride in that kind of heat.
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I know those folks reading this can't believe we would ride in the heat, but I will take it over 85 with a dewpoint of 70 or better.
I used to run/cycle in Houston in the summer 100F/99% humidity is not uncommon. Its different than 115F+/10%, but I can't say better or worse.
In humidity you sweat too much as its not evaporating fast enough to cool you, but at least the humidity gives a nice cozy/lubricating feeling. In dry while moving you can't sweat fast enough and loose cooling ability (skin stays dry).
The dry extra hot heat hurts more - the lungs, the skin.. they burn - over 108F the pain (vs. heat) sensors in ones skin activate. Really quite similar to opening an oven to check the cookies and the feeling you get with the blast of hot oven air in ones face.
Once the intense sun goes down though (but still >100F dry, or >85F humid) I'll take dry any day over humid.

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