TIME, TEMP & METRICS

It can be confusing dealing with printed materials, as well as clocks.

A great deal of Europeans use the 24-hour clock, as opposed to our 12-hour clock.  We us AM & PM, and they move from 12:00 to 13:00 and start over again at midnight.

The easiest way to translate, is once it's 13:00, subtract 12 from the time, and you'll know what time it is PM.


When writing dates, Europeans do it differently.  There, you'll see the day of the month, followed by the month, followed by the year.  For example, while we would write:

July 4, 2024

they would write

4 July, 2024.

It's more confusing with numbers-only dates.  There's a difference between 7/4/24 and 4/7/24, but that's how it's done there!


It's rare to find temperatures in Fahrenheit.  You'll see Celsius everywhere.  It's not exactly accurate, but if you feel the need to translate, double the Celsius number and add 30.  Yes, there are specific formulas & such, but that little trick will get you close.

So 30 degrees Celsius would be 90-ish degrees Fahrenheit.  We're hoping the thermometers stay in the teens and low twenties!