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On whether it's proper to call a temperature, for example "negative 8 degrees,” | Associated Press Stylebook
// Question
“Hi, I don’t see a definitive answer on whether it’s proper to call a temperature, for example ‘negative 8 degrees,’ or refer to temperatures below zero as ‘in the negative digits.’ The temperature entry gives examples of temperatures ‘below zero’ or ‘minus,’ but doesn’t say anything about whether it makes sense to call such temperatures ‘negative.’ It seems to me it doesn’t, but wanted to get a ruling on it.”

// Answer
“It’s minus 8 degrees. Temperatures may be below zero, subzero, 15 degrees below zero or minus 15. But references to negative degrees or negative digits aren’t used in AP weather reports.”
apstylebook  negative  minus  2019  temperature 
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