DIY - Airtemperature & Humidity

To provide the daily weather forecast in TV, web and newspapers, not only satellite imagery is analyzed, but also data from measuring stations on the ground provide important data points. But how does the measurement and visualization of temperature and humidity values work exactly?

Required Reading

Aim of this lesson

In this lesson we measure and display air-temperature and -humidity using the HDC1008 sensor.


  • combined temperature and humidity sensor HDC1008


The HDC1008 from Texas Instruments series HDX100X combines two sensors on one breakout board: It can measure relative air-humidity from 0% - 100% and temperature from -40°C to 125°C with an accuracy of ±4% and ±0.2°C respectively.

Communication between Arduino and HDC1008 is handled on the serial bus I²C. Unlike simple analog or digital signals, with I²C multiple devices (like sensors or displays) may communicate on the same cables through a parallel circuitry. Each device has therefore a unique identifier that is used to separately address it in communications.


Connect the devices as shown in the graphic below.


Before starting to write code, we need to install the HDC100X.h library. If you have not done this in one of the previous chapters, you should follow the chapter Software Installation.

This library allows us to conveniently speak to the sensor, without manually defining all the configuration registers. To be able to use this library, it has to be included at the top of the program with an #include directive. In this case we additionally require the Wire.h library to use the I²C bus:

#include <Wire.h>
#include <HDC100X.h>

Hint: Unlike expressions, a directive (beginning with #) does not end with a semicolon.

The rest of the program may now use the included functions from these libraries.

In order to connect to the sensor, the HDC100X library needs to know the I²C address of the sensor. The HDC1008 listens to the address 0x43 (see datasheet).

HDC100X hdc(0x43);

With this command we created an instance hdc of the sensor, on which we can call functions to talk to the sensor.

In the setup() function we initialize the sensor, telling it to measure both temperature and humidity, each with a resolution of 14 bit, and to disable the sensors integrated heater:

hdc.begin(HDC100X_TEMP_HUMI, HDC100X_14BIT, DISABLE);

Now we may request measurements of the sensor in the loop() function using the following two commands:


Hint: These functions return the measured value as float. Be sure that the variables you want to store the measurements in has the correct data type!

Exercise 1

Build the circuit thats depicted above and try to read measurements from the HDC1008 sensor. Print the measured values to the serial monitor.

Hint: If you're stuck, have a look at the example thats included in the folder of the HDC100X.h library.

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