Calculate the total dew point in Fahrenheit. Enter the current temperature and relative humidity ($) and this calculator will determine the dew point.
Dew Point Formula
The following equation is used to calculate the dew point on any given day.
Ts = (b * α) / (a – α)
- Where Ts is the dew point
- T is the current temperature
- RH is the relative humidity
- a = 17.62
- b = 243.12
- α = ln(RH/100) +a*T/(b+T)
Dew Point Definition
Dew point is the highest possible temperature at which water can condense to form dew. (The water you see on the grass in the mornings)
How to calculate dew point
We will now look at an example of how to calculate the dew point on any given day. Let’s say it’s a nice hot summer morning at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You look outside and see no dew on the grass but you’re curious what temperature it would need to be for dew to form.
Next, you must go on either an app or website that tells you the current relative humidity. Let’s assume it’s 25%.
Finally, plug these values into the formula above, and you get a value of 32.53 degrees Fahrenheit. If you look at that temperature and think it’s very low, you are right. That’s because the relative humidity is extremely low at 25%. The more water vapor you have in the air the easier it is for dew to form so if the humidity was closer to 75% you would only need to be at 61 F for dew to form.
Dew point is the highest possible temperature at which water can condense to form dew.