Runway temperature

From Glossary of Meteorology



runway temperature

The temperature of the air just above the runway at an airport (usually at about 4 ft but ideally at engine and/or wing height), used in the determination of density altitude.

Therefore, runway temperature observations are made and reported at airports when critical values of density altitude prevail.


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