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This process releases heat and makes the steam feel hot.
Finer control over the temperature experienced can be achieved by choosing a higher level bench for those wishing a hotter experience or a lower level bench for a more moderate temperature.
The "wet heat" would cause scalding if the temperature were set much higher.
In a typical Finnish sauna, the temperature of the air, the room and the benches is above the dew point even when water is thrown on the hot stones and vaporized. In contrast, the sauna bathers are at about 38 °C (100 °F), which is below the dew point, so that water is condensed on the bathers' skin.
Operating at a temperature of −110 °C (−166 °F), the user is in the sauna for a period of only about 3 minutes.
A steam sauna can take 30 minutes to heat up when first started.
Saunas were common all over Europe during the Middle Ages.The Sauna became very popular especially in Scandinavia and the German speaking regions of Europe after the Second World War.German soldiers had got to know the Finnish saunas during their fight against the Soviet Union on the Soviet-Finnish front of WWII, where they fought on the same side.The oldest known saunas in Finland were made from pits dug in a slope in the ground and primarily used as dwellings in winter.The sauna featured a fireplace where stones were heated to a high temperature.
A good sauna has a relatively small temperature gradient between the various seating levels.