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Temperature Facts for Kids

This web page contains temperature facts for kids and is a great resource for anyone of any age researching temperatures. Our goal is to provide you with the latest and most accurate temperature facts from scientific sources. In addition to temperature facts, you'll find some thermometer pictures and additional resources for researching temperatures.

The temperature facts listed below will help you understand how temperatures are used, how temperatures are measured, the different measurement scales for temperatures, historic temperatures and other temperature facts. We hope these facts about temperatures are helpful and help you learn more about this meteorological event.

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16 Temperature Facts for Kids

  1. Temperature is used to identify how hot or cold it is outside or inside.
  2. A thermometer is used to measure the temperature outside or inside.
  3. An accurate air temperature is taken via a thermometer, that is not in direct sunlight and is 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above the ground.
  4. Air temperature affects what type of precipitation will fall from a cloud, such as rain, snow or hail.
  5. A thermometer can be calibrated to measure the temperature using either the Fahrenheit scale or the Celsius scale.
  6. The Fahrenheit scale is used to measure the temperature in the United States of America and a few other countries.
  7. The symbol used for Fahrenheit temperature measurements is °F.
  8. The Celsius scale is used to measure the temperature in countries that use the International System of Units (IS).
  9. The symbol used for Celsius temperature measurements is °C.
  10. To convert a Fahrenheit temperature reading to Celsius, subtract 32 and multiply by .5556.
  11. To convert a Celsius temperature reading to Fahrenheit, multiply by 1.8 and add 32.
  12. Water boils at 212 °F (100 °C) at sea level.
  13. Water freezes at 32 °F (0 °C).
  14. A heat wave occurs when the average daily maximum temperature over a period of five consecutive days exceeds the historical average maximum temperature by at least 9 °F (5 °C).
  15. The official hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet Earth was 134.1 °F (56.7 °C) in Furnace Creek, CA, USA on July 10th, 1913.
  16. The official coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet Earth was -128.6 °F (-89.2 °C) at Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21st 1983.

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