What’s the difference between Temperature and Feels Like Temperature?
Have you ever thought, “I knew it’d be muggy today, but not this bad!” If so, you may have been fooled by the temperature vs Feels Like temperature readings!
The typical temperature reading on AcuRite displays and on the My AcuRite website / apps is simply the air temperature reported from the outdoor temperature sensor. It’s the Feels Like temperature reading that reports how the weather will actually feel when you’re outside.
How Feels Like Temperature Is Calculated
Similar to Heat Index, the Feels Like temperature uses relative humidity to help us understand how hot it really feels on those muggy days. Alternatively, on breezy days, the increased wind speed can make it feel cooler outside than it really is. In this case, similar to Wind Chill, the Feels Like temperature uses wind speed to adjust the actual temperature to help us understand how cool the wind is making it feel outside.
It’s always fun to compare the temperature to the Feels Like temperature to see how much the relative humidity and wind speed affect our perception of temperature.