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degree day

A unit for measuring the extent that the outdoor daily average temperature (the mean of the maximum and minimum daily dry-bulb temperatures) falls below (in the case of heating, see heating degree day), or falls above (in the case of cooling, see cooling degree day) an assumed base temperature, normally taken as 65°F (18°C), unless otherwise stated. One degree day is counted for each degree below (for heating) or above (in the case of cooling) the base, for each calendar day on which the temperature goes below or above the base.

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