Windchill versus air temperature

During the winter, meteorologists report the actual air temperature outside and the windchill temperature.

Do you know the difference between the two?

Air temperature is the thermostat reading of the temperature outdoors.

Windchill temperature is what it feels like to the body when the wind is blowing.

According to the National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water & Weather Services, as the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, decreasing skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it feel much colder.

Windchill temperature only affects humans and other animals. It will have no effect on inanimate objects. Those objects will not cool down past the current air temperature.

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