Tip for Easy Conversion of Celsius to Fahrenheit

When traveling to Europe, you will notice that all the temperatures are stated in Celsius.  Since Americans are accustomed to the Fahrenheit system,  Celsius is quite a mystery to most of us.

The Tuilleries in ParisBut, I have found an easy way to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit that is not scientifically accurate, but good enough to give me a good idea as to what the temperature will feel like.

Whatever the Celsius is, double it and add 32. That will give you an approximate Fahrenheit temperature. For instance, if Celsius is 15 degrees, you will double it (30) and add 32, giving you an approximate Fahrenheit degrees of 62.  No calculators needed!

Of course, if you want to be completely accurate, the formula is: F = (1.8 x C) + 32. So, if we use the previous example of 15 degrees Celsius, the actual degrees in Fahrenheit will be 59.

Our “cheater calculation” was certainly close enough for me; try it and it will make your calculations a snap!

Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com

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  1. anjeeta says

    I use the formula f-32/9=c/5 or then my Nokia E51 cell phone which has a converter..

  2. says

    It’s worth noting as well that it works in reverse, too (however obvious it might be to most people).

    So if it’s 62 degrees F, and you want to your European house-guest what that means in language with which she’s most familiar, you can simply think: 62 minus 32 = 30, then cut that it *half*, and you get 15. Which is probably close enough.

  3. Paul says

    I reference “relative” temperatures while trying to learn actual Celsius temps:

    Of course we know 0C is 32F.

    Then I remember these:
    4C is 40F
    10C is 50F
    16C is 61F
    20C is 68F (room temperature)
    23C is 73F (“23 is 73”)
    28C is 82F.

    Anything above 30 is hot. 🙂

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