unit of temperature

Fahrenheit (more precisely, a degree Fahrenheit) is a unit of measurement used to measure temperature. The conversion rate to Celsius is C= 5/9 x (F − 32). The degree Fahrenheit is abbreviated °F.

Thermometer with Fahrenheit and Celsius.
General information
Unit systemImperial/US customary
Unit ofTemperature
Named afterDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
x °F in ...... is equal to ...
   °C    °C
  Countries that use Fahrenheit (°F).
  Countries that use both Fahrenheit (°F) and Celsius (°C).
  Countries that use Celsius (°C).

History change

This temperature scale was made in 1724 by a German scientist named Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. In the twentieth century, the unit became less used, and the degree Celsius more used. Fahrenheit is still often used in the United States. In the United Kingdom, Fahrenheit is used on some websites, and on weather forecasts. The main reason for this is that the older population is more familiar with Fahrenheit.

The degree Fahrenheit is considered by many to be old fashioned and outdated way of measuring temperature. The degree Celsius has largely replaced Fahrenheit's use.

Overall, the use of the degree Fahrenheit is in decline throughout most of the world, with the USA being the main exception.

Examples change

On the Fahrenheit scale, water freezes at 32° and boils at 212°.

  • Room temperature is about 70 °F.
  • A human's body temperature is usually close to 98.6 °F.
  • Absolute zero is –459.67 °F.

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