How cold is it up there?

As with so much else in hang gliding, “that depends.” Pilots who expect to gain altitude need to know how the temperature of the air changes with elevation (typically a drop of 4°F for each 1000′ gained, but that can vary). It’s not unusual to see pilots at a thermal site in the summer dressing for winter temperatures, even though it’s brutally hot on launch.

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