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February 28, 2024
How wind-chill plays a factor in how cold temps may really ‘feel like’

Massachusetts. (WWLP) — The wind chill in the air could make temperatures feel like 0 degrees or below for this weekend.

The 22News Storm Team is Working for You with an explanation of the term “feels like” when talking about temperatures and how to keep yourself warm.

The wind can make temperatures feel like it is much colder than what a thermometer might read. The “feels like” temperature that you normally hear about, that’s going to be the temperature how it’s going to feel on your exposed skin. If you’re all bundled up in a jacket, the ‘feels like’ temperature will vary from case to case.

These wind chill temperatures are much lower, because that wind is pulling heat away from your body, and that will lower your overall body temperature. If you get too cold that could lead to frostbite and hypothermia. These afflictions not only effect us, but our pets as well.

Here’s some advice for cold weather on what you can do to mitigate these effects.

  • Dress in layers, as many as you feel comfortable in
  • Ears and hands get cold the fastest, so wear a hat and gloves
  • Keep pets inside as much as possible
  • Limit your outside time

Jack Wu joined the 22News Storm Team in July 2023. Follow Jack on X @the_jackwu and view his bio to see more of his work.

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