Last Updated on November 2, 2023
Trying to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit or Fahrenheit to Celsius? You’re in the right place!
In this blog, we’ll make life easier for you by explaining exactly how to convert temperatures from °C to °F or °F to °C simply and efficiently.
To use this tool, you can simply enter a temperature in Celsius in the input field and then click the “Convert” button. The conversion to Fahrenheit will be displayed straight away.
Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion Tool
It’s easier to cook and bake if you understand temperature conversion. Whether it is Celsius to Fahrenheit or Fahrenheit to Celsius.
Celsius and Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit and Celsius are two of the most common temperature scales in use around the world today. In the United States and Canada, Fahrenheit is commonly used as a scale based on the freezing point of water.
Internationally, Celsius, derived from the metric system and based on ice melt and water boiling points, is used more often than other scales.
Knowing how to convert between both scales is critical for accurate temperature readings when working with weather data or any other activities requiring accurate thermostatic readings such as cooking or baking. To help you understand this principle further, let’s look at some examples of temperature conversions between Fahrenheit and Celsius:
- Water freezes at 32°F (0°C)
- The human body has an average temperature of 98.6°F (37°C)
- An average summer day’s temperature is around 86 °F (30 °C)
What is Celsius? (Metric System/SI)
The International System of Units (SI), commonly known as the metric system, is the international standard for measurement.
In the metric system, Celsius (symbol: °C, also called Centigrade) is the unit of measurement for temperature. The standard atmosphere is equivalent to one degree Celsius above or below the freezing point of water (0°C) and boiling point of water (100°C).
In both the Celsius and Kelvin scales, a degree Celsius (°C) is nearly equal to a kelvin (K). Also, a degree Celsius and a kelvin are 9/5 the size of a degree Fahrenheit (°F)
What is Fahrenheit? (Imperial system)
Fahrenheit (symbol: °F) still serves as the standard measure of temperature in the United States under the imperial system.
In the Fahrenheit system, the freezing (32°F) and boiling (212°F) temperatures of water are whole numbers, but not round numbers as in the Celsius temperature scale.
Fahrenheit (°F) is only used by five nations in the world:
- United States
- Cayman Islands
In 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act, which required all federal agencies to adopt the metric system. Since then, metric measurements have become more prevalent within our society.
The use of Fahrenheit remains prevalent in some areas, particularly weather reporting, and baking, where temperatures are still given in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Historical Development of Fahrenheit and Celsius
The Fahrenheit temperature scale is named after the German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit who proposed it in 1724. The Celsius temperature scale was developed by Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius in 1742.
Initially, the two scales used different reference points and were not precisely interchangeable. Over time though, improvements were made to both scales, and conversions between them became more accurate.
The Fahrenheit scale defines 32 °F, 0 °F, and 212 °F as the melting point of ice, the freezing point of water, and boiling point of water respectively.
The Celsius scale then uses these values to define 100°C as its boiling point, and 0 °C as its freezing point.
Originally, Fahrenheit used mercury-based thermometers where he assigned 82 degrees to a warm summer day at sea level (the Weather Bureau later updated this to 86F).
Celsius then determined the boiling points of various liquids including alcohols and brine solutions at different temperatures.
He did so by using measurements made previously by physicists Geminiano Montanari and René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur for those liquids.
As these substances tend to expand or contract with changing temperature conditions he adjusted his values so that they would be comparable to those given by Fahrenheit’s mercury thermometer.
The Difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius
The Fahrenheit scale is based on 32 degrees being the freezing point of water, while on the Celsius scale, it is 0 degrees. A conversion formula can be used to express the difference between them.
Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit Formula
The formula for °C to °F is as follows:
Celsius to Fahrenheit Formula: (°C * 1.8) + 32 = °F
For example, let’s say a Señorita bread recipe requires 180 °C for the oven temperature and you want to know what this would equal in Fahrenheit. Here’s how you use the formula by plugging in 200 degrees Celsius:
(180 * 1.8) + 32
(324) + 32
=356 degrees Fahrenheit (°F)
Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius Conversion
In the Fahrenheit temperature system, water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees.
In order to convert these temperatures to Celsius, an understanding of the math involved is essential. This guide provides a basic formula to convert temperatures from Fahrenheit (F) to Celsius (C).
The formula for Fahrenheit to Celsius is as follows:
Fahrenheit to Celsius Formula: (°F – 32) / 1.8 = °C
So if you want to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius: Let’s say it’s chilly outside and the temperature is 50 °F. To find out what this equals in Celsius, simply plug 50 °F into the °F part in the equation written above:
(50 – 32) / 1.8
(18) / 1.8
=10 degrees Celsius (°C)
Temperature CONVERSION CHART
This quick temperature conversion chart allows you to easily and accurately convert temperatures from °C to °F, or °F to °C.
Benefits of Converting between Celsius and Fahrenheit
Converting between Celsius and Fahrenheit offers many advantages for those who need to accurately measure temperature.
First, the temperature in Fahrenheit allows temperatures to be more precisely indicated.
This finer gradation is helpful in some manufacturers’ instructions and cooking recipes that require precision and accuracy.
For example, the difference between water boiling at 212°F and water boiling at 100°C is much more significant than the 8-degree interval between their respective temperatures.
Another benefit is that temperatures can be compared more easily across different geographical regions.
For instance, a person living in Europe may use Celsius as their preferred measure of temperature while an American might prefer Fahrenheit.
By converting back and forth, they can better understand each other’s reference points: A person from France might understand the weather report from California more quickly if they know it’s 80°F (26.7°C) rather than figuring out the difference between 32°F and 0°C on their own.
Finally, converting these two scales increases the universal understanding of temperature measurements around the world.
By having access to both scales, everyone—from amateur cooks in South America to scientific researchers in East Asia—can incorporate temperature readings into their work without confusion or misinterpretation due to cultural differences or language barriers.
A helpful mnemonic to remember the differences is “Fahrenheit Up, Celsius Down.”
By applying this rule of thumb and using the conversion formulas, you should have no problems making temperature conversions between the two measurements.
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How to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit When Baking
- Celsius to Fahrenheit Formula: (°C * 1.8) + 32 = °F
- Fahrenheit to Celsius Formula: (°F – 32) / 1.8 = °C
- A helpful mnemonic to remember the differences is “Fahrenheit Up, Celsius Down.” By applying this rule of thumb and using the conversion formulas, you should have no problems making temperature conversions between the two measurements.
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