I have a question about body temperature and death. Would the skin be cold when feeling for a pulse after 4 hours, on a summer afternoon but after a heavy rainstorm. Would the rain be enough to cool the skin or would it still be warm to the touch? Thanks so much!
What an interesting question. Not something I know off-hand, but here’s what I found…
- body temperature falls by 1.5 degrees F (<1 degree C) per hour;
- time since death (in hours) = fall in body temperature from 37 degrees C + 3
- skin feels cold 2-4 hours post mortem indoors (6-8 hours in protected areas)