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Humidity

What is Humidity?

The simple meaning of humidity is ‘atmospheric moisture’ or ‘amount of water vapor in the atmosphere’.
what is humidity
 Humidity is the amount of water vapors present in the atmosphere (or air). Water vapors are the gaseous state of water and are invisible.
 Humidity can be measured by three ways that are: absolute, relative and specific.
    1.   Absolute humidity is the water content of air in the gram per cubic meter at a given temperature.
     2.   Relative humidity is expressed in percentage, and it measures the current absolute humidity relative to the maximum humidity for that temperature.
    3.   Specific humidity is expressed as the ratio of the mass of the water vapors to the total mass of moist air parcel.

What is Absolute Humidity?

To understand absolute humidity let’s assume you are standing in ground and you collect some air. Now you check that air volume in your chemistry lab and get accurate amount of water vapors in gram. If you collect 1 cubic meter of air volume and it contains 30 gram water vapors than absolute humidity of that ground air is 30 grams per cubic meter. So, now you answer this question i.e. what is absolute humidity.
Absolute humidity (AH) is defined as the total mass (in gram) of water vapor present in a given volume (in cubic meter) of air. Absolute Humidity changes with changes in air temperature and pressure. Absolute humidity is the mass of the water vapors( m H 2 O ) {\displaystyle (m_{H_{2}O})} divided by the volume of the air and water vapor mixture.
AH = m/V
Where, AH = Absolute humidity,
             m = mass of the water vapors( m H 2 O ) {\displaystyle (m_{H_{2}O})},
             V = volume of the air and water vapor mixture.


What is Relative Humidity?

To understand relative humidity let’s assume you are in a building where air absolute humidity is 15 grams per cubic meter at 25 degree Celsius temperature and at 25 degree Celsius temperature highest amount of water vapors is 30 grams per cubic meter (saturated air with water vapors 15 grams per cubic meter). So, now you can calculate relative humidity as follows:
Relative humidity = (15 grams per cubic meter / 30 grams per cubic meter)x100
                            RH = 50%
So, now you answer this question i.e. what is relative humidity.
Relative humidity (RH) is defined as the ratio of the partial pressure of water vapors to the equilibrium vapor pressure of water at a given temperature. If temperature of the atmosphere is lower than relative humidity is higher as cold air (air with low temperature) holds more water vapors (moisture) but, If temperature of the atmosphere is higher than relative humidity is lower as hot air (air with high temperature) holds less water vapors (moisture).

What is Specific Humidity?

To understand specific humidity let’s assume you have an air parcel (air volume or some amount of air) and this parcel contains 10 gram mass of water vapors and total mass of air is 1 kg (including mass of all gases present in air and mass of water vapors) than specific humidity is 10 gram per kilogram. So, now you answer this question i.e. what is specific humidity.
Specific Humidity is defined as the ratio of the mass of water vapors in air to the total mass of the mixture of air and water vapors.
Specific Humidity = mass of water vapor/total mass of air

Difference between Humidity and Relative Humidity

Before going to discuss about “Difference between Humidity and Relative Humidity” we need to understand that what is humidity and what is relative humidity. And to get answer of these two questions just read above paragraph once again if you don’t understand.
Humidity is the amount of water vapors present in the atmosphere (or air). Relative humidity is expressed in percentage, and it measures the current absolute humidity relative to the maximum humidity for that temperature.


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