The temperature in Canada is measured in degrees Celsius (°C). This metric measurement of temperature is different than in the United States, one of the few countries that have not switched over to the Metric system and instead continues to use the Imperial system, including for temperature. The temperature in the U.S. is expressed in degrees Fahrenheit (°F), however, the conversion is quite simple.
Use the following formula to convert a Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit:
°C x 1.8 + 32 = °F (or basically multiply by 2 and add 30 - it'll get you close enough)
For example: 20°C = 20 x 1.8 + 32 = 68°F (or, 20 x 2 = 40, plus 30 equals 70°F)
If you are not mathematically inclined, this little poem acts as a rough guide:
"Zero is freezing. 10 is not. 20 is warm. and 30 is hot!"
Visitors should note that "Wind chill" is a major factor that affects the temperature in cold climates like Canada. In winter, temperatures are often presented with the wind chill factor. Thus, a weather report on a chilly January morning may report the temperature as -4°F or -20°C, but -22°F or -30°C with the wind chill factor.
Other metric conversion tables:
- These are the common weights in grams & kilograms and ounces & pounds.
- These are the common speed limits in kilometers and miles per hour.
- These are the common metric distances in Canada, and how to convert meters and kilometers and yards and miles.
- These are the common volumes in milliliters and liters, and ounces and gallons.
Common Temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit
|Sweaty, hot weather||30+°C||85+°F|
|T-shirt & shorts weather||24°C||75°F|
|Average Room Temperature||21°C||70°F|
|Long-sleeve shirt & pants weather||15°C||60°F|
|Fleece jacket weather||10°C||50°F|
|So cold you may want to reconsider going outside, especially with children||-29°C||-20°F|