Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

Celsius and Farenheit

We Canadians work in metric (for the most part).

It’s been at least thirty years, I think, since we moved from imperial measures to metric. Still, some things are more difficult for me than others. Kilometers are easy but meters are not, so I still think of my height in feet and inches instead of centimeters. Kilos are a nightmare — give me pounds anytime, but liters and milliliters are easy, except for teaspoons and tablespoons. Temperature in Celsius is no problem, except when it comes to conversions when I talk to people from the States for instance.

Anyone who knows a Canadian knows their constant preoccupation with weather. So I give it to you, straight from the Canadian Weather Office, the formulas to convert Celsius into Farenheit or vice-versa:

Q.How can I convert degrees Celsius (°C) to degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or vice versa?

A. The conversion formula is °F = °C x 9/5 + 32 or, in reverse, °C = (°F – 32) X 5/9.


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