The Science of Windchills

AUSTIN, Texas — As we all know by now, we’re expecting much colder temperatures in the back half of Thursday, with chill winds approaching zero degrees and triggering chill wind warnings for much of central Texas.

With that in mind, many would ask, “What is a wind chill?” So, let’s break it down.

We start with the human body. It has a thermal layer on top that keeps our internal body temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

In high wind situations, like Thursday afternoon and evening through Friday morning, this layer of heat is blown right away from us, lowering our internal body temperature.

Another factor is that the layer of moisture on our skin is also blown off, making the exposed skin feel colder than the rest of our body. This combined with the winds can cause hypothermia if you are not prepared for the excessive cold.

Therefore, it is important to bundle up outside. And make sure you cover your plants and pipes, bring your pets in, and check on your neighbors to make sure they’re warm enough.

Also, stay tuned to KVUE for the latest information on this evolving situation. In the meantime, your seven-day forecast is below:

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Laura Coffey

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