Note that there are thermometers with different ranges, intended for different purposes! I have one covering 15 to 35 Centigrade with a very precise scale (intended for black-and-white standard temperatures) and another for colour work that goes to 50 Centigrade.
If the OP buys a thermometer randomly it might be sub-optimal for one purpose or the other, or perhaps he already has a perfectly good thermometer which doesn't measure up to 50C. The suggestion to use "hot" tap water is perhaps the most practical - and is probably what most of us do(?).
My understanding of the need for "hot" water is just to allow the powder to dissolve easier, I don't believe that the exact temperature is all that critical. I just use hot tap water, but my tap water is from the City of Ottawa and is supposed to be in the top ten for North American Cities
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As a matter of good mixing practice, the temperature should not be higher than 50-60F. At higher temperatures, oxidation is accelerated, and at significantly higher temperatures certain developer components may be broken down altogether. One should never be without a thermometer when doing any mixing if chemicals. Even a very cheap thermometer is better than nothing.
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