Converting Temperatures on the Go! Know the Weather When Living Abroad

I had the pleasure of living abroad in a city centre, and each morning from my window I could see the gigantic time and temperature clock nestled high above the post office.  When you are new to a foreign country, getting a feel for the temperature and weather can take some time, especially if you came from a place that uses Fahrenheit and your new country uses Celsius (or vice versa).  Converting temperatures quickly on the go can be very useful when planning your day. This trick even works with negative temps (if you’re so lucky to live in a cold climate).

Here are 3 short steps for converting temperatures:

From Celsius to Fahrenheit:


  1. Multiple by 9.
  2. Divide by 5.
  3. Add 32.








Example: It’s 6 a.m. in the late fall.  You flip on the TV and check the temperature—it’s 3 ºC. 1.  3 times 9 = 27.2.  Divide by 5 = 5.43.  5.4 + 32 = 37.4 °F. Example: Dead of winter.  Despite the freezing cold, you muster the courage to climb out of bed just long enough to check the temperature above the bank across the street—it’s -20 ºC. 1.  -20 times 9 = -180.2.  Divide by 5 = -36.3.  -36+32 = -4 °F.

From Fahrenheit to Celsius:


  1. Subtract 32.
  2. Divide by 9.
  3. Multiply by 5.








Example: Mid-summer, and you’re trying to decide if you should take a jacket when you head out  The temperature is 82 ºF. 1.  82 minus 32 = 502.  50 divided by 9 = 5.53.  5.5 times 5 = 27.5 °C. Example: Spring has come!.  The temperature is 65 ºF. 1.  65 minus 32 = 332.  33 divided by 9 = 3.63.  3.6 multiplied by 5 = 18 °C.

This post was written by Matthew Clark.