If you’ve traveled or even just watched the global weather report, you’ll know that not all countries use the same temperature scale. At the present moment, it is only United States, its associated countries and a few outlying islands that still use the Fahrenheit system. The difference in the measurements can be a little confusing when you’re trying to figure out what to pack on that business trip, or whether you’ll be able to go for a walk in the city on your holiday.

So what’s the difference?

The two temperature measurements are reliant on completely different formulas and were developed by different men, independently from each other.


This is an imperial measurement. The point where water freezes is at 32° while the boiling point is at 212°. At the time of its development, Fahrenheit was based on body temperature and the temperatures found outside.


Is a metric measurement and is used by most countries other than the United States and its outlying countries and islands. Here, the freezing point of water is measured from 0° and the boiling point of water ranges to 100° this range is also the foundation of the theory behind Celsius.

Convert between the two temperature measurements

There are a ton of easy-to-use converters online, but there is a manual method that is pretty simple to use for quick temperature conversions. Note that the formula’s don’t convert to the tee, especially as the temperatures get higher, so using this method in cooking would not be the best idea.

Fahrenheit to Celsius

1. Start with the temperature

2. - 32

3. by 1.8

Formula = [(temperature) °F] -32 1,8 = [(temperature) °C]

Celsius to Fahrenheit

1. Start with the temperature.

2. it by 1.8

3. 32

Formula = [(temperature) °C] x 1,8 +32 = [(temperature) °F]

So there you have it, the next time you’re faced with a weather dilemma, you’ll have a better understanding of measurement differences between Celsius and Fahrenheit.