The weather could be the secret to winning the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest

The world-renowned Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest will grab the eyes and stomachs of onlookers on July 4, but some insiders say Mother Nature may hold the keys to who comes out on top.

The annual Coney Island tradition has been around for decades and has produced celebrities such as Takeru Kobayashi, Miki Sudo and Joey Chestnut.

The threat of rain, heat waves and even a pandemic hasn’t stopped organizers from lining up hundreds of hot dogs for these competitive champions to devour.

A competition representative said that the annual event takes place rain or shine, except, of course, if there is lightning, which was not something the organizers had to deal with. side of recent memory.

Despite the absence of major storm systems, insiders say the weather could be more crucial than meets the eye.

Contests that take place in colder years with lower humidity tend to help competitive eaters consume more than humanly imaginable.

Last year was one of those contests where the temperature was a comfortable 75 degrees and there was little humidity.

It was on this day that Joey Chestnut broke his record by consuming 76 hot dogs and buns in just ten minutes.

An insider said cooler temperatures tend to “tighten food, while hot, humid weather stresses athletes.”

Taking into account a myriad of factors, Las Vegas placed Chestnut’s odds at around 74.5 hot dogs, which would mean the 38-year-old would fall short of recent conquests.

On Monday, competitive eaters will have a ridge of high pressure to thank for mostly sunny skies and high 80s temperatures.

Dew points should be in the 50s, which will make viewing comfortable as well as for some busy grill masters.

New York Post

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