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Study ranks Tampa as America's sweatiest city

Sweat pours down the face of Northeast High football player Miles Price, 16, as he struggles through several minutes of flutter kicks under the grueling Florida sun during a summer strength training and conditioning camp in 2012. [Times files]
Published Jun. 25, 2015

TAMPA — As if we in Tampa didn't already know that we perspire at a disgustingly damp rate, a study released Wednesday dubbed us citizens of the country's sweatiest city.

We're No. 1!

Fan company Honeywell Fans partnered with a team of scientists at an environmental consulting company to create a ranking of America's sweatiest cities. Tampa topped the list, with our Florida neighbors Miami and Orlando making the top five. The rankings were based on how much heat is trapped in each metropolitan city.

Dr. Ted Myatt with the consultant, Environmental Health & Engineering, said aside from obvious measures like humidity and wind speed, factors like the number of residential buildings or heavy industry can affect heat levels.

"It's no wonder why so many songs are written about hot times and summer in the city," Myatt said in a news release.

If you care to commiserate, here is the definitive list of America's sweatiest cities:

1. Tampa

2. Miami

3. Houston

4. San Diego

5. Orlando

6. Washington, D.C.

7. Raleigh, N.C.

8. Los Angeles

9. Dallas

10. Charlotte, N.C.

Meanwhile, according to WTSP 10Weather, local daytime temperatures won't dip below 90 degrees for the rest of the week.

Chance of perspiration: 100 percent.


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