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Steaming Hot Water Fired From Waterguns In Sub-Zero North America Is Weird

07/01/2014 13:12 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 15:53 GMT

It's cold in North America right now. Really, really cold.

In South Porcupine, Ontario, temperatures plummeted to -41C over the weekend.

How did residents mark the occasion? By firing steaming hot water from Super Soakers into the freezing air - with remarkable results.

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The water instantly turns into a frozen mist as it comes into contact with the air.

Scientist and author Dr. Ainissa Ramirez told the Huffington Post: "The same can happen if you toss out water from a cup from the ledge of the building.

"The people below will never feel it, because the water will freeze on the way down (to something like snow)."

Interestingly, the same does not happen with cold water. Because the how water is closer to steam than cold water, so when it's thrown into cold air it quickly breaks into thin, small droplets each with a large surface area.

The bigger the surface area, the quicker heat is expelled.

To read more about why hot water freezes faster than cold (the Mpemba effect) water click here.