What temperature causes frostbite?

Q:
What temperature causes frostbite?

A:
When the skin tissues of the body are damaged because of prolonged exposure to low temperature, a skin damage occurs. Skin damage can be temporary or permanent.

  • Fingers, toes, noses, cheeks and ears are the most vulnerable areas to frostbite.
  • According to the National WeatherService, frostbite can occur within 5 minutes in temperatures between 0 degrees and -19 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • It takes only minutes for your bare skin to get frostbite if the temperature is below 20 F and the wind is blowing at 20 mph or more.

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