Temperature is a physical quantity which can have various numeric values, which can be high or low. But I often read phrases like "cold temperature" and "hot temperature" on the Internet. A quantity can't be hot or cold, so these look odd to me, although I do understand what they mean. But English is not my native language, so my question is: are such phrases grammatically correct?

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You are right. "Low temperature" is much better than "cold temperature".

"Cold temperature" is perfectly understandable, and you will hear people using it (so it isn't "wrong") but as you know the preferred form, you should use that.

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