Originally Posted by Don Carlos
Dry heat isn't as challenging as sticky, humid heat.
I live just outside of Baltimore, MD. And I've been to Arizona and Nevada on business a fair number of times.
Baltimore in July and August, when it's likely to be 93 deg. with very high humidity, seems way less comfortable to me than 105 deg. and dry in the desert southwest. Not that I find either particularly pleasant, mind you. It's just that after spending a while outside I'll look and feel worse here, than there.
'Course, with air conditioned cars, stores, offices, homes, restaurants, etc., in both places, it's possible to wear a suit and tie and still be comfortable most of the time. My mind boggles at what summer must have been like in these places, back in the days before a/c. Or what it's like even today, in the many extremely warm places where air conditioning remains uncommon. (My own personal memories only extend back to the late '60s, and while a/c wasn't nearly as ubiquitous in the US then as it is today, we at least had it at home. And I did experience a few days of a summer heat wave in France, several years ago, where cooling was hard to come by. But it was only a few days, not week after week.)
But hey, I hate hot weather. I get that there are folks who love it when it's 90+ degrees, and who hate air conditioning. More power to 'em, but that's not me.