CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The temperature is saying one thing but we are feeling another when we step outside on these hot and humid days.

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity! Sound familiar?

The heat index is actually both. It’s what your body is feeling due to both the heat and the humidity combined.

When the body gets too hot, it begins to sweat to cool itself off. If the sweat cannot evaporate from your skin, it’s hard for your body to regulate your body’s temperature.

“Once you start sweating it’s not too bad, you just have to accept the sweat,” Kendall Schwartz, from Cambridge, told 22News.

If you don’t perspire, it could lead to some heat related illnesses. It’s important to remember your body needs time to cool off. That’s just what some people did, as they headed for the Chicopee Memorial Sate Park’s Lake.

Melanie Houle, from Chicopee, told 22News, “We decided to come to the lake for a little while, figure we would get out, get the kids in the water, but other than that air conditioning.”

Christina Ieraci, Agawam, told 22News,”I’ve been trying to get her out and in the water, we can’t stay inside all summer.”

The National Weather Service has a great chart to help determine the heat index. First find the temperature, than the dew point to find the heat index. It will also show you the likelihood of heat disorders you could develop in that category. You can find the heat index chart by clicking here.

Next time you hear heat index, remember that is what your body is feeling, not the actual temperature outside.

More Information:
– Local Forecast– Severe WX Text Alerts
– Temperatures– Severe WX Email Alerts
– Weather NewsWWLP 22News WX App
– Interactive Radar– Live Area Webcams