It is true that our normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. Our body is continually using energy to maintain this temperature by burning the calories we consume when we eat. One would think that if our body likes to be at 98.6 degrees then our body should like the outside temperature to be 98.6 degrees too. But it doesn't - because to keep our temperature at 98.6 degrees our body needs to dispose of excess heat. It does this best when the outside temperature is cooler and mostly by the process of evaporation - sweating. Although you may not notice it you are sweating continuously - you only will notice it if the air has water in it already and the water/sweat on your body is unable to evaporate into the overly humid air. At 98.6 degrees outside temperature with 0 humidity the body will keep itself cool by sweating away the heat (it takes extra calories to evaporate water/sweat so you feel cooler quicker because of the evaporation). If the humidity is not 0 and more like 60% the evaporation processes doesn't work well to take away heat from the body so it will feel much hotter then the 98.6 degrees outside. In colder areas in the winter you'll hear about the 'wind chill' factor. This is because the wind helps to evaporate the moisture on your skin which makes it feel colder than the outside air temperature. Thus, if it is hot out with out a lot of humidity and you want to cool off, wet yourself and sit beside a fan. If the humidity is high there's not much you can do beside site in a room with a dehumidifier.
So, the answer depends on the humidity when it is 98.6 degrees outside. Low humidity you won't feel so hot but high humidity you'll feel very hot because the body can no longer get rid of excess heat easily.
sometimes your internal body heat can seem like you are just that hot on the outside... i guess it's nothing to worry about really... everybody gets that way... You might also want to check your thermostat! ha ha, :) hope it helps!!
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Last edited at 7:25PM on 4/7/2012
Internally, our bodies are a contained, self regulated and controlled environment. we don't have, or need, internal neural temperature receptors like in our skin, because there are no uncontrollable forces or hazards that the body must constantly monitor to maintain optimal efficiency. in other words, we are not equipped to feel hot or cold beyond our epidermis, or skin.