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Old 03-09-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Saskatoon
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Anything below 10°C (50°F) is uncomfortably chilly to me, however I wouldn't consider to be truly "cold". Real cold starts when it's below freezing for me, and things like sunshine, humidity, wind, etc. all have a very significant effect on how cold something feels to me.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I don't see it as an absolute, as in a certain temperature that I would call "cold." I see it as relative, as in "Too cold to _____."

For me, anything below 75 degrees is too cold to go swimming. (I'm a Floridian.) 60 degrees is too cold to go outside without a jacket or sweat shirt on. 40 degrees is too cold to go outside without a coat, scarf, and gloves. Below freezing is too cold to go outside, period.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: York
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I find below 40F cold anytime of year, but feeling cold depends on the time of year too. I find below 50F cold in September, and below 60F in summer. Those temperatures now feel warm though!
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Paris
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Below 0°C/32°F I guess.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Generally I'd consider 30F and below to be "cold". Anything warmer than that is never cold in my mind; 30-50F is cool or chilly at most, wind chill factor excluded. 35F with heavy rain and 50 mph winds is quite cold, but that's not what we're talking about here.

During wintertime when I'm acclimatized the boundary between cold and chilly can become blurry and drift downwards. Anything above 15F often doesn't really feel cold at all in a winter context, and anything above 0F is "mild cold". True cold starts at 0F, as in the air feeling cold in all contexts and never feeling truly mild or warm, like +20F after a long cold snap might. Even 0F can be balmy, but that's not true warmth.

Anyway, that's my take on it. In short:

>50F: Never cold, usually not even chilly
40-50F: Chilly (some of the time)
30-40F: Chilly (generally)
0-30F: "Mild cold"
<0F: "True cold"

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Originally Posted by AdriannaSmiling View Post
In NYC (in the low 20s F at that time), I wanted to take lots and lots of pics of the buildings and sights and stuff and text them to people who in return would text me back and I've have to return their texts, etc. My fingers were getting cold during this...
Hmm...I take pictures all the time when it's around 20F without gloves and most of the time I don't notice any discomfort at all (assuming dry/calm conditions, not heavy snow/strong winds). It should be noted that I'm quite cold tolerant. Even 0F tends to "fade into the background" for me, the same way 30F or 40F might for some other people.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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-5C without wind would be what I start to consider cold.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Boone, NC
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I'd say below 40F is a little chilly and below 30F is cold. But it's been different since I've moved to the mountains because high winds can make even a 50F day seem cold.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I am Canadian and believe it or not it is totally dependent on the time of year for me.

In July anything below +15C (65F) feels cold to me.

Then my body adjusts gradually. To the point where in mid-winter cold to me is anything colder than -10C.

Currently we are moving into early spring. Today was around +7C (46F?) and sunny and when in the sunshine it actually felt almost warm-ish to me (and to most everyone around it seemed).
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:39 PM
 
Location: HERE
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Generally I'd consider 30F and below to be "cold". Anything warmer than that is never cold in my mind; 30-50F is cool or chilly at most, wind chill factor excluded. 35F with heavy rain and 50 mph winds is quite cold, but that's not what we're talking about here.

During wintertime when I'm acclimatized the boundary between cold and chilly can become blurry and drift downwards. Anything above 15F often doesn't really feel cold at all in a winter context, and anything above 0F is "mild cold". True cold starts at 0F, as in the air feeling cold in all contexts and never feeling truly mild or warm, like +20F after a long cold snap might. Even 0F can be balmy, but that's not true warmth.

Anyway, that's my take on it. In short:

>50F: Never cold, usually not even chilly
40-50F: Chilly (some of the time)
30-40F: Chilly (generally)
0-30F: "Mild cold"
<0F: "True cold"



Hmm...I take pictures all the time when it's around 20F without gloves and most of the time I don't notice any discomfort at all (assuming dry/calm conditions, not heavy snow/strong winds). It should be noted that I'm quite cold tolerant. Even 0F tends to "fade into the background" for me, the same way 30F or 40F might for some other people.
WOW! What an insight...

20 F to you probably feels the same way 70 F to people here as I consider 70 F to be the threshold for "balmy" in winter.
20 F to me felt "WOW- it's cold- this is.......different..." I deliberately exhaled the whole time I walked around just so I could watch my breathe puff in front of me........"
I can see you rolling your eyes and LOLing as you read this
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Estonia
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Generally anything below 0°C (32°F) is cold. However, it's all very subjective. In fall the first real hard freeze feels cold while I felt quite warm yesterday in -13°C (8.6°F) and the spring sun. In mid-winter, I'd say -15°C (5°F) is the threshold when it's apt to say "it's cold today" when going outside. That's when nostrils start to freeze when inhaling.
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