Sunday, January 29, 2023


Which do you prefer, a daytime temperature of 90 degrees F or 40 degrees F?

If you had to choose between spending time in daytime temperatures around 90 degrees F or around 40 degrees F, which would you choose? Your answer probably depends on if you’re always hot or if you’re always cold.

According to this article from House Call Doctor, you’re probably cold all the time if you’re a woman, if you’re older, if you’re less active, if your BMI is low, and if you’re a smoker. You’re probably always warm or hot if you’re a man, if you’re young, if you lead an active lifestyle, and if you have a higher BMI. Do you think this is accurate?


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1 year ago

Cooler temps are better. You can put more clothes on. There are only so many you can take off before someone calls the cops.

1 year ago

As someone who lived, worked, and recreated for decades in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona, but then moved to northern New Mexico, where it’s notably colder in winter, I’d trade 90 for 40 any day, particularly given the low humidity criteria involved in the question. One gets used to dry heat, and sweats without even knowing it, which keeps one cool. Once acclimatized, keep drinking water and you stay cool. In both Nevada and Arizona I worked outside in temps well over 100, up to around 115, when I’d dump water over my head and soak my clothes, only to be totally dry remarkably quickly. 90 got to feel real comfortable.

1 year ago

I like seasonable weather. I don’t like 40 degrees in July and I don’t like 70 degrees in January. I have to agree that it’s easier to get warmer if you’re cold than it is to get cooler if you’re too warm.

Last edited 1 year ago by John
Bob Palin
1 year ago

I would never deliberately be anywhere that it was 90F, 80F is OK for laying around doing nothing but not for any activity.

Timothy Johnson
1 year ago

i would have voted for 70,,, Just saying ….

Lawrence Neely
1 year ago

me two

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

I’ve spent 25 years working outside in the Puget Sounds weather, 40F is better than 90F. It’s easier to get warm than to cool off in most cases.

Paul Cecil
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Lived for for awhile in Massachusetts and Maine. I much prefer cooler temperatures.

Thomas D
1 year ago

I’m presently in AZ near Phoenix. I’m cold. It’s 54 degrees ,cloudy light wind. I really didn’t Come to Az to bask in 55 degree temps. Not real happy!

1 year ago

impossible to answer. humidity level? dew point? wind direction and speed? 90f with a low dew point & humidity and a breeze can be very comfortable unless stuck in direct sunlight for hours. raise the humidity, dew point of 65-deg or higher, no breeze and it’s a totally different day.

Roy Davis
1 year ago
Reply to  Rich

Well put. There are too many variables that play into effect. A sunny day in the mid to upper 40s feels a lot different than a cloudy/rainy day in the low to mid 40s.

Gary W.
1 year ago
Reply to  Rich

Read much?

Gary G
1 year ago

Voted 90 for the wife, I would take the 40.

1 year ago

I’ll always take hot over cold.

Roger V
1 year ago

It’s more about the sunshine for me. 40 degrees on a beautiful day is still a beautiful day. 90 degrees is fine too on a sunny day, but it’s harder for us to keep our dogs safe in the camper van.

Ron Lane
1 year ago

Having spent my entire 77 years living in the Mojave desert, I would naturally pick 90º.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ron Lane
1 year ago

40 with an exclamation point! 90 and high humidity is miserable. If I’m cold, I can always put on more clothes. Y’all don’t want me going the other way with 90.

Gary W.
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

It said assume low humidity.

1 year ago

I’m a woman and I’m almost always cold, and that’s been the case my whole life, except during 2 pregnancies!! I HATE being cold! I’ll take 100 degrees over 40.

The Lazy Q
1 year ago

My preference is 68° F. I used to be able to handle 100° Plus temps with no problem but the older I get the less I can tolerate the heat. I grew up in Southern Nevada and Eastern Arizona, lived all around the world during my working life and experienced temps from -60°F to 125°F. I would love to chase that 68° dream year round but sadly that will not play out now. In 18 months we will relocate to Michigan so hopefully my body can re-climatize to that environment after living the past 30 years in the west with temps ranging from 10° lows overnight, 60° day time in the winter to 120° Highs during summer.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

I have never liked heat and 90 is hot.

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Neal Davis
1 year ago

I picked 90°, but I could just as well have chosen 40°. I prefer the former when I am at home and regularly mowing grass and doing work on the yard. I prefer the latter when traveling in the RV and when cleaning up fallen trees, piling and burning brush, clearing fence rows, and other work around the farm.

Ron T.
1 year ago

Growing up in Missouri, Ninety degrees never came with low humidity. Hardly anyone had A/C in home or car, yet somehow we survived.

Deborah Mason
1 year ago

Actually, neither of these. You can put on more layers if you’re cold, but once you go past the comfort level, you can’t take off enough. Then what. My preferred temperatures fall in the middle of the range given.

1 year ago

Shorts and T-shirts here in Northern California! I tend to run cold so 90 in the shade with our usual low humidity is quite comfortable.

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