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Old 12-06-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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While in Chicago, Boston, NYC & Washington DC last month I was surprised to see so many people getting around rugged up in big jackets etc. While I was getting around comfortably in Jeans & T shirt. Most days were in the 60s!!!

I would have thought people from the Northern states would have been a bit tougher on such mild days lol
Yeah it's cos they always rug up. I think in some ways I'm more cold tolerant than a lot of them.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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But the coldest I've ever been was growing up in QLD. No one ever heats their house in QLD, even though it gets pretty freaking cold in the winter. No matter the outside temps, my house in Colorado stays a steady 68-70f inside.
I hear you! I was living in Canberra for a few years before moving to Ohio this year and my unit here is much warmer than my unit in Canberra for that same reason. Also, I grew up in Perth and didn't see snow until I was 25 (backpacking around Europe in winter). Even in Canberra it rarely snows. Last winter it snowed one day and everyone at work rushed outside to look at it. But I'm seeing plenty now - it's been snowing pretty steadily all day today.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I hear you! I was living in Canberra for a few years before moving to Ohio this year and my unit here is much warmer than my unit in Canberra for that same reason. Also, I grew up in Perth and didn't see snow until I was 25 (backpacking around Europe in winter). Even in Canberra it rarely snows. Last winter it snowed one day and everyone at work rushed outside to look at it. But I'm seeing plenty now - it's been snowing pretty steadily all day today.
Why on earth would you move to Ohio, of all the places in the US? lol
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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However, one thing I will say, most homes in Australia have no central heating and a lot of people, myself included, do not feel the need for any heating in winter.
Agree with this. It's a bit ironic having heating in one of the hottest, driest continents on earth lol :P I also agree with the fact that Australian winters are very mild, I have friends who complain about being cold when temps hit the low teens, I can survive with a very thin jumper in that kind of weather! What about when it hits minus 0 in the northern hemisphere, I shudder to think how they'd cope there! I mean get real guys
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: NSW
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I hear you! I was living in Canberra for a few years before moving to Ohio this year and my unit here is much warmer than my unit in Canberra for that same reason. Also, I grew up in Perth and didn't see snow until I was 25 (backpacking around Europe in winter). Even in Canberra it rarely snows. Last winter it snowed one day and everyone at work rushed outside to look at it. But I'm seeing plenty now - it's been snowing pretty steadily all day today.
Funny that , coldest winter I ever spent was in the western Downs area in Qld, the houses simply weren't built for cold, as the warm season was so long. All I had was a little blow heater in the bedroom.
By contrast, where my late aunt lived on the gulf coast in Florida, the house had a built in fire place - to cope with the couple of weeks of wintry blast that they may see in an entire year!
New houses these days do cope much better with climate extremes, and where I live now, Lower Hunter area just west of Newcastle does get very hot in summer, but new houses are all well insulated with reverse cycle air conditioning etc. Winters are not that cold, and only a brief blast of the warm air is all that is needed in the colder months.
But if you go further inland or into the Upper Hunter where my in-laws live, winters are much colder - many days of frost, and minimums sometimes 2 or 3 degrees below zero. Once again, houses are built for it.
Air conditioning for summer though is still more important than heating for winter.
Coastal areas -once you get to about Port Macquarie in NSW and further north, there is virtually no need for heating.
Only local area that sees snow regularly is the Barrington Tops at 1500 metres amsl, but that's all National Park and only tourists and campers go there - a few more no doubt now, since fugitive Malcolm Naden was captured in the wilderness up there last year.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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What is so surprising is that most Australian cities have never recorded a record low temperature of anything below -5 degrees. I think only Canberra has that distinction when it achieved -10 in the 1970's if memory serves me. Most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have reached record lows ranging from -15 to -40. People here are right; we don't have any type of cold weather to complain about, nor do we have any excuse of running our heaters all day or night long. It's just not necessary in our winter.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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What is so surprising is that most Australian cities have never recorded a record low temperature of anything below -5 degrees. I think only Canberra has that distinction when it achieved -10 in the 1970's if memory serves me. Most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have reached record lows ranging from -15 to -40. People here are right; we don't have any type of cold weather to complain about, nor do we have any excuse of running our heaters all day or night long. It's just not necessary in our winter.
Very true. Even Hobart is mild.

Coldest temp ever for Hobart -2.8C (27F) on June 25, 1972

Miami, Florida record coldest: -2.8C (27F) on Feb. 3, 1917
Los Angeles record coldest: -4C (24F) on Dec. 22, 1944

Also keep in mind that Hobart is farther from the equator than Windsor, Ontario Canada
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: NSW
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What is so surprising is that most Australian cities have never recorded a record low temperature of anything below -5 degrees. I think only Canberra has that distinction when it achieved -10 in the 1970's if memory serves me. Most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have reached record lows ranging from -15 to -40. People here are right; we don't have any type of cold weather to complain about, nor do we have any excuse of running our heaters all day or night long. It's just not necessary in our winter.
Canberra would achieve -5C , or even lower, virtually every winter though, and has something like 100 nights a year of frost.
So that is cold by most standards, and does required some sort of proper heating, if not central heating.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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What is so surprising is that most Australian cities have never recorded a record low temperature of anything below -5 degrees. I think only Canberra has that distinction when it achieved -10 in the 1970's if memory serves me. Most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have reached record lows ranging from -15 to -40. People here are right; we don't have any type of cold weather to complain about, nor do we have any excuse of running our heaters all day or night long. It's just not necessary in our winter.
There are many cities in tropical, sub-tropical and warmer temperate parts of the northern hemisphere which have not got below -15. I'd wager even the majority. Even London's record low is only -12C, but it's oceanic. Paris' is like -19C.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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What is so surprising is that most Australian cities have never recorded a record low temperature of anything below -5 degrees. I think only Canberra has that distinction when it achieved -10 in the 1970's if memory serves me. Most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have reached record lows ranging from -15 to -40. People here are right; we don't have any type of cold weather to complain about, nor do we have any excuse of running our heaters all day or night long. It's just not necessary in our winter.
Its more of a latutide issue than north or south hemishperes. Darwin is as far from the equator as Saigon, for example. In places like Canberra and surrounds its pretty normal to run a heater all day in winter - because even if the temperature peaked at say 10C, that is often a very short peak, maybe 30 minutes of the day or less.
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