How to Beat the Heat: Wet T-Shirt Edition

It has gotten hot in Beijing. Two days ago it was 90 degrees. Yesterday it was 84. For my (2 or 3) Beijing readers: I discovered an incredibly easy way to cool off. Take a T-shirt, get it as wet as desired, put it on. Instant cool. No need for noisy fan or air conditioner. Surely this is widely known, but I didn’t know it.

5 Replies to “How to Beat the Heat: Wet T-Shirt Edition”

  1. A friend told me years ago that in the pre-airconditioned South, on hot nights one went to bed in a wet bathing suit, the thicker the better, in order to be able to sleep.

  2. I visited Mexico in the summer and stayed in a hotel with nothing but cold brackish water on tap. I discovered that cold showers are wonderful in the heat and can keep you comfortable for a few hours.

  3. But you must have known that standing in wet clothes on a cold day gets you very cold indeed?

    Seth: That has never happened to me. But, as you say, I could have passed a multiple-choice test about it.

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