# Frequent question: Which is hotter boiling water or steam?

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The steam is no hotter than the water but it contains more usable heat energy per gram, and it can release that heat as it encounters a cooler medium and makes the phase-change back to water.

## What is the temperature difference between steam and boiling water?

Essentially, boiling water at 100 degrees celcius, becomes steam at 100 degrees celcius when it overcomes the latent heat of vaporization. Hence, when skin is exposed to steam, it absorbs more heat from steam as it fist needs to lose the heat of vaporization and convert back to water at 100 degrees.

## Is there anything hotter than steam?

Q: Is it true that water (steam and ice) can not get hotter than 212 degrees and colder than 32 degrees? … It is not true that water can only get up to 212 degrees and as cold as 32 degrees. After water changes from a liquid to a gas (at 212 degrees Fahrenheit) it can actually heat up much hotter than that.

## What is the highest temperature of steam?

generally at the critical point of the vapor dome the max temp and pressure that a steam can have is 375 degree celcius…. above this temp steam is generally called superheated steam……the temp used in steam powerplants using superheated steam can rise the temp to as high as 600 degrees with increased pressure too.

## What is the best thing for a steam burn?

Cool scalded area with cool (not cold) water for 20 minutes. Do not apply creams, salves, or ointments. Unless they’re stuck to the skin, remove clothing and jewelry on or near the affected area. If face or eyes are burned, sit upright to help reduce swelling.

## Why is steam so hot?

Since it is a kettle on your stove the pressure is atmospheric. The water transitions to saturated vapor (steam) at 100 C, so unless the pressure changes, the steam will also be 100 C. If the pressure is increased, you can get superheated vapor (i.e. superheated steam) that is greater than 100 C.