heating degree day (HDD)

heating degree day (HDD)
A day in which the average daily temperature is less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and therefore likely to be a day in which people turn on their heat. A heating degree day is assigned a value that represents the number of degrees that days average temperature is less than 65 degrees. For example, if a day's average temperature is 45 degrees, the Heating Degree Day (HDD) value for that day would be 20 (65 45). If the average temperature is greater than or equal to 65 degrees, the HDD value for the day would be zero. (The day would not be sufficiently cold to require heating.)

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