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What Is The Temperature Outside

If you want a beautiful paint finish on the exterior of your house, you'll need to know the right temperature to paint outside. Although we might complain that it's too hot or cold to do any outdoor DIY jobs in the middle of summer or winter, in the case of painting, there's actually some truth to our words. But what is the ideal temperature when it comes to taking your paintbrush outdoors?

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As is also the case with our indoor paint ideas, the temperature can cause a whole host of issues to your paintwork, from a bubbly and uneven finish to visible cracks. This is because paint is unable to bind properly if it's exposed to extreme conditions while drying. Since the curb appeal of our homes holds a great deal of value, painting in these extremes isn't worth the risk. You need to find the comfortable goldilocks stage.

'An ideal temperature to paint exteriors is between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit,' says Anthony Kulikowski, painting expert and owner of Five Star Painting (opens in new tab), a Neighborly (opens in new tab) company. 'These temperatures are ideal because they allow for proper drying while not risking going too cold or too hot.'

Other factors will inevitably also play a role. Wet, windy or humid conditions are best avoided, and the paint finish you're using can also make a difference. 'For latex paint, an ideal temperature for painting outside is between 50-70F. For oil-based paint, it's more like 45-90F,' explains Chris Gardner of PaintRite Pros (opens in new tab). 'Those temperatures allow your paint to bind properly.'

This is because oil-based paints are slow-drying, so don't run as much risk of drying too quickly. With latex paints - usually the best for exterior paint - high temperatures can cause it to dry too fast which can result in peeling.

'A general rule of thumb at Five Star Painting is anything under 40 degrees overnight is too cold to paint,' says Anthony. 'The danger of painting below these temperatures is the paint not bonding properly, especially if the temperature drops below freezing, which could result in early paint failure. There is also a risk that the paint will become more viscous when it is colder resulting in application difficulties and possibly an uneven coverage.'

'There are several things that can go wrong when applying paint in extreme temperatures,' says Anthony. 'Painting a surface in direct sunlight may cause the paint to dry too fast which could mean the paint doesn't bind completely.'

Regardless of the climate in your area, the temperature doesn't stay the same throughout the day. We all know that midday is the hottest part of the day, but limited daylight hours can make it difficult to avoid painting during this time. So when should you be painting?

'Most places in the Midwest are okay to paint all day, but some places in the south or in the desert you may want to avoid the midday sun,' Anthony notes. 'Just remember to try to avoid painting in direct sunlight, make sure the temperatures aren't too high or low, and make sure a freeze isn't forecast for at least a week after you've finished painting.' Whether you're painting a front door or the external walls of your home, follow these steps and you'll have a house exterior that passersby will envy!

In a warm environment, especially when physically active, the human body relies on its ability to get rid of excess heat (i.e., heat dissipation) to maintain a healthy internal body temperature. Heat dissipation happens naturally through sweating and increased blood flow to the skin. Workers cool down more rapidly if the external (environmental) heat and physical activity (metabolic heat) are reduced.

If heat dissipation does not happen quickly enough, the internal body temperature keeps rising and the worker may experience symptoms that include thirst, irritability, a rash, cramping, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

Engineering controls such as air conditioning, with cooled air, and increased air flow, leading to increased evaporative cooling, can make the workplace safer. Other options for keeping body temperatures down in warm environments include making changes to workload and schedules. For example, empower supervisors and workers to slow down physical activity like reducing manual handling speeds or scheduling work for the morning or shorter shifts with frequent rest breaks in the shade or at least away from heat sources. Supervisors can encourage workers in warm environments to drink hydrating fluids. At a minimum, all supervisors and workers should receive training about heat-related symptoms and first aid.

Occupational heat exposure is a combination of many factors. Body heat results from the equilibrium of heat gain, from internal work and outside addition, and heat loss, primarily from evaporative cooling, i.e., sweat evaporation. Contributors include:

Management should commit to considering all factors that contribute to body temperature increase when determining if a heat hazard is present in a workplace. Physical activity (workload) can be estimated using tables such as this one. Employers should also be aware of whether workers' clothing increases risk.

Some workers are more susceptible to heat-related illness. Personal risk factors include medical conditions, lack of physical fitness, previous episodes of heat-related illness, alcohol consumption, drugs, and use of certain medication. Management should commit to preventing heat-related illness for all employees regardless of their heat tolerance levels. Measurement of heart rate, body weight, or body temperature (physiologic monitoring) can provide individualized data to aid decisions about heat controls.

Work environments such as inside vehicle cabs, sheds, and tents or other structures may be considered an outdoor environment if the environmental factors affecting temperature are not managed by engineering controls

Employers may not rely only on the weather stations since that information may not reflect the temperatures at the actual worksite. Employers can use a simple thermometer to take temperature readings at the worksite. Temperature records are not required.

As most people know, painting in the winter and cooler months is a big no-no. Once the temperature gets too low, we have to put off our outdoor painting projects until the next spring or summer. So now, as we enjoy the warm weather of summer, a question is raised. Can it also get too hot for exterior painting? In other words, what is the right temperature to paint outside?

While the Earth varies in temperature by over 100 degrees Celsius (215 F) this is a relatively small variation compared to other place in the solar system. The presence of an atmosphere greatly reduces the overall change in temperatures.

Temperature outside the International Space Station (ISS) can vary by as much as 300 degrees Celsius from about 121 C (250 F) on the sunny side and as low -157 C (-250 degrees F) on the shady side. This extreme temperature variation is caused by the fact that there is no atmosphere around the station to block the sun or to retain the heat when it's in the shade.

We all know dogs love spending time outside, whether taking a good walk, playing in the yard, or romping with four-legged friends at the dog park, but what about in the cold winter months? How cold is too cold for dogs to be outside? When does a fun frolic become risky?

Just like with people, some dogs tolerate winter weather better than others. While one dog might be overjoyed to roll in the snow, another small dog might not even want to step foot outside. Here are some of the factors that affect cold tolerance:

The double-layered, thick coats of dog breeds like Siberian huskies, Newfoundlands, Alaskan malamutes, and Bernese mountain dogs tend to be the most cold-tolerant. On the other hand, dogs like Greyhounds, German shorthaired pointers, or American pit bull terriers who have short, thin coats will have a more difficult time maintaining a warm body temperature in colder weather.

Smaller dogs and toy breeds like Chihuahuas have a harder time in the cold. They tend to lose body heat faster than larger dogs. Deep snow can reach their chest and make them cold and wet, so they are more at risk in colder temperatures.

The frequency of chirping varies according to temperature. To get a rough estimate of the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and then add 37. The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.

Heaters are on and blankets seem to have taken over our homes as we bundle up to wait out the winter season. Luckily, we are able to add more layers or turn up the thermostat if we start to feel uncomfortably cold. Our outdoor pets and livestock are not so fortunate, so it is our responsibility to make sure they have adequate shelter from the harsh winter weather and temperatures.

Not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Learn how to help a pet left inside a hot car by taking action or calling for help. Local law enforcement can follow this handy guide [PDF] on how to proceed.

Taking a dog's temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs' temperatures should not reach over 104 degrees. If your dog's temperature does, follow the instructions below for treating heat stroke.

Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating. 041b061a72

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