Effects of wind on cold: a chilling reminder…

February 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Here is a table showing the effects of wind chill, familiar to mountaineers.  The blue zones are what Reigate and the SE has experienced in recent days with gusts of 15mph in freezing air taking “feels like” temperatures down to -13ºC.  Note that this is the zone of “maximum” danger for hypothermia because people tend to underestimate the effects of any breeze in temperatures hovering around freezing and under-dress.  Note that a slight breeze is enough to cause the greatest chilling effect.  These cool and breezy conditions are also more common in mid-latitude populated areas like the SE of England where winter temperatures frequently hover around 0ºC.  Dry air feels colder than humid / moist air: there’s more evaporative cooling into dry air and dry air also conducts heat away from your warm body more readily than does moist air.

Met Office article on wind chill

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