Hot temperatures can impact thermometer readings

Thermometer use increasing at work places

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – With the hot temperatures in the forecast, you might be wondering just how well your thermometer will take your temperature.

Temperature checks are increasingly being used at work places to check of a common sign of COVID-19.

This week’s hot temps could create some concerns.

“If you step from outside where it’s super hot like what it is right now, like almost feeling like 100 degrees. And you step in side and you get your forehead screened. Right away, that thermometer might register hotter than you actually are because it’s picking up that heat that you picked up from outside,” said Gundersen Health System infection preventionist Megan Meller.

To avoid possible changes, it is recommended to take your temperature when factors like hot weather can’t impact your readings.