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Last edited 17 Sep 2019
The ambient temperature is the average air temperature surrounding something (such as a person) whether inside or outside. In relation to weather, the ambient temperature is the same as the current air temperature at any one location. Strong wind, and other factors such as surface temperatures may make it feel warmer or colder, but the ambient temperature only relates to the air temperature.
Ambient temperature can also be used to describe the state of objects. For instance, in electronics, the ambient temperature is the air temperature surrounding an object such as an LED. This is a very important parameter that allows equipment such as computers and other electronic devices to operate at peak efficiency.
Ambient temperature is usually expressed in degrees Centigrade (°C) or degrees Fahrenheit (°F).
Services engineers need to establish what the ambient temperature is likely to be at any one time before they can design a heating and cooling system that will create the best possible conditions for people to work in.
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