Everyone knows how important it is to have a reliable source of weather forecasts. It is indeed, a lifesaver in most cases. However, there are some people who usually rely on the narrative weather forecasts. But, there are also others who notice that the weather forecast states temperature in different manners. These are usually stated in celsius or in fahrenheit. You may ask, does it matter? What exactly is the difference between celsius and fahrenheit? Why should you prefer one over the other?
Here are the main differences between celsius and fahrenheit:
- Back to Basic. The most obvious differences between the celcius and fahrenheit are its symbol and its origin. Celsius was actually named after the temperature measurement instrument while fahrenheit is named after a physicist. The celsius symbol is written as ºC while the fahrenheit symbol is written as ºF.
- User Friendly. Fahrenheit is mainly used to measure temperature for climatic, medical, and industrial purposes. However, the government implemented the use of celsius to make temperature measurement universally understandable. Between the two, most people think that fahrenheit is user friendly because its temperature measurement does not involve fractions, making it easier to understand yet celsius is usually the one which is globally preferred.
- Generation Gap. Older generations – those who were born before 1950s, are the ones who often quote temperature in fahrenheit. On the other hand, those who were born from 1960s, 1970s, and later, are more used to measuring temperature in celsius.
- Other Differences. Other differences between celsius and fahrenheit are absolute zeroes with -273.15 for celsius and -459.67 for fahrenheit, normal human body temperature with 37 for celsius and 98.6 for fahrenheit, and more such as boiling temperature of water, the surface of the sun, and melting temperature of ice. Both also use different unicode characters.