How to Think in Terms of Degrees Celsius:

I often come across individuals online that are from countries that use Celsius to describe the temperature for the weather they are experiencing. As is the case, I usually end up going over to Google and typing in the search "[number] degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit" to get an automatic conversion.

It occurred to me that it would be a whole lot easier to think in terms of Celsius and not do the conversion at all. So instead of having to do this conversion over and over again, I decided to look at Celsius numbers from their perspective. In order to do this, I needed to compare the two temperatures side by side.

I figured if you were to convert the following temperatures by 5 degree increments, you would get the following:

45 = 113 degF
40 = 104 degF
35 = 95 degF
30 = 86 degF
25 = 77 degF
20 = 68 degF
15 = 59 degF
10 = 50 degF
5 = 41 degF
0 = 32 degF

This is great, but this is too many numbers to think about. Instead, I found it easier to think in terms of emotional values:

45 = Extremely Hot
40 = Very Hot
35 = Hot
30 = Warm
25 = Nice
20 = Cool
15 = Cold
10 = Very Cold
5 = Extremely Cold
0 = Too Damned Cold

As Americans, we know that 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature that we feel most comfortable during the day. It's neither too hot, nor too cold. It's "Nice".

Therefore, I decided to label the 25 degree Celsius value as this "Nice" temperature, since it is the closest to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. All I have to do is remember that 25 is "Nice" and anything below that is cold. Each iteration of 5 degrees Celsius lower goes from "Cool" to "Cold" to "Very Cold", and so on. The same can be said for each iteration of 5 degrees Celsius higher, going from "Warm" to "Hot" to "Very Hot", etc.

So it's not too difficult after all. Just remember that 25 degress Celsius = "Nice" and you can figure out how it would feel from there. Hope this helps us Americans to think with the same mindset as our neighbors from countries that read Celsius temperature readings.

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