I will never forget the Pacific Northwest Heat Dome of 2021. https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/hottest-day-history-seattle-heat-dome-2021
Heavy smoke event is kind of like the pandemic compressed and running in fast-forward. The air all around you is trying to kill you and you need a solid mask to avoid it. Whereas with the pandemic you can't safely go to places with a lot of people, with smoke you can't even leave your house and being in your house might not be enough if you don't have good seals and filtration.
This is fine
td;dr: The original theory was humans can't survive at 95 deg F (35 deg C) wet bulb temperatures. New studies say that is actually 87 deg F (31 deg C).
So at 87 degrees F at 100% humidity, your life is at risk.
@zompus Wow. Makes the opening scene of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future that much scarier.
@tidmarsh I haven't read that one - is that the one that starts with a mass wet bulb event in India?
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