A full year has past since becoming a resident of the USA, and yet, I still think in Celsius. The question of “How hot do Vancouver summer’s get?” often comes up when conversing with the locals. Each time, I casually reply, “It averages in the mid-20s, with occasional heat waves in the low 30s.”. Next, a blank/odd look to my reply always follows. I don’t blame them because I begin to take on a silly face as I stumble to convert Celsius into Fahrenheit.
Although Canada officially uses the Metric system, the Imperial system is used instead for many daily and common uses. In Canada, we use a mix-mash of Metric and Imperial units to keep things interesting.
|Weather Forecast||Metric: Celsius||Imperial: Fahrenheit|
|Gas Station||Metric: Litre||Imperial: Gallon||1 L = 0.26 gal|
|Driving Speed Limits||Metric: km/h||Imperial: miles/h||This conversion is relatively easy because the vehicle odometer takes care of it.|
height and weight
|Imperial: ft/in and lb (on license application)
Metric: meters and kg (on DL card)
|Imperial: ft/in and lb|
height and weight
|Metric: meters and kg||Imperial: ft/in and lb||1 m = 3.2 ft
1 kg = 2.2 lb
|Groceries: weight||Imperial: $ per lb||Imperial: $ per lb||Produce signs in Canada have the price per pound in large font, and much smaller details for the price per kilograms beneath.|
|Measurement: length||Imperial: ft/in and lb||Imperial: ft/in and lb||Furniture tags in Canada include both Metric and Imperial measurements.|
|Recipes: dry ingredients||Imperial: tsp and cup||Imperial: tsp and cup||Strangely, dry ingredients and oven temperatures are denoted using Imperial units, but wet/liquid measurements are referenced in Metric units.|
|Recipes: wet/liquid ingredients||Metric: Litres||Imperial: oz||1 L = 33 oz|
|Recipes: oven temperature||Imperial: Fahrenheit||Imperial: Fahrenheit|
Now to memorizing the common temperature conversions and building Fahrenheit into the vocabulary …
|0 C||32 F|
|15 C||59 F|
|20 C||68 F|
|25 C||77 F|
|30 C||86 F|
|hot hot weather!||approaching triple digits in Fahrenheit|
|-10 C||14 F|
|-25 C||-13 F|
Don’t worry, the temperatures don’t dip below 0 C/32 F in Silicon Valley!
Wikipedia’s article on San Jose, CA states that the lowest temperature ever recorded was -8 C/18 F on January 6, 1884. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where there is often a week long stretch of -30 C/-22 F temperatures during the winter months, I had to include the cold conversions above 😉
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Thanks for the compliments, Philip469! Nice to be connected to a fellow Canadian.
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