In our everyday life, does the temperature or humidity have a greater effect on how fast things dry? Are there any theories/models that explain this quantitatively?

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    "Are there any theories/models that explain this quantitatively?" Of course there are. They live mostly in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, but they are complicated by the fact that many of the ill-specified "things" you probably care about have a lot of structure. Phase change physics is fun. Or at least if can be if you come properly equipped. – dmckee Sep 7 '13 at 18:30
  • Fysics is phun; always! ;-) – Pieter Geerkens Sep 7 '13 at 20:08

It is just a mass transfer that is driven by the difference in vapor pressure of the liquid versus vapor pressure in the vapor phase.

If the relative humidity is 100% then you are not going to get any evaporation. Even at 100 °F.

But if the humidity is 0 you will get pretty good evaporation at 40 °F.

All that really matters is relative humidity. But as you increase temperature for the same absolute humidity the relative humidity goes down.

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