Chapter 2

Ambient temperature

2.1 Guidance

2.1.1 What is ambient temperature?

Temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind velocity and the duration of sunshine all affect the climate of an area. These elements are in turn the result of the interaction of a number of determining causes, such as latitude, altitude, wind direction, distance from the sea, relief, and vegetation. Elements and their determining causes are similarly interrelated which also contribute to temperature changes, for example the length of day is a factor which helps to determine temperature; however, the duration of actual sunshine is an element with far-reaching effects on plant and animal life.

Of all the elements that have an effect on man and equipment none is more vital ...

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