U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Closed Thread Start New Thread
Old 03-09-2013, 09:07 AM
Location: HERE
2,055 posts, read 2,847,736 times
Reputation: 597


Another thread I read and responded to had me thinking....

Cold has a rather ambiguous meaning and largely depends on where you.....

For people who live in the TRUE tropics (Singapore, Southern Asia, Hawaii, Any tropical island), where temps stay above 64 F (18C) even on the coldest winter nights, do people consider that like really really really cold when they wake up in the AM and it's that temp out? Do people get chilled at those temps? 64 F for me is short-sleeves if sunny with no wind but wear a sweater if it's cloudy and/or breezy at that temp.

For people who live in mild winter climates such as Florida,California, Southern Europe where the coldest nights drop to right around freezing and the coldest daytime highs you in a typical winter are around 50 F (10 C). Where I live (and grew up) some people here consider that like really cold while others don't. Meaning that they don't want to spend large amounts of time outside when temps are in the 40s F but for me it's fine to spend long periods of time outside with a windbreaker on. I will say it's "cold" because it's cold for us.

For people who live in moderately cold winter climates like the Northeastern U.S., Central States U.S. (Kansas, Oklahoma), Northwestern Europe, where winter averages right around freezing, what is your threshold to say, "it's cold outside"? I found 20 F (when visitlng NYC and Lake Tahoe during the winter) to be pretty cold but comfortable with 4 layers on (turtleneck, sweater, windbreaker, and jacket) plus gloves and boots. No problem with spending the large periods of time outside. Do people from these climate consider that the threshold for "cold."?

For those who live in pretty cold winter climates like the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest of the U.S or Eastern Europe. where below 0 F is common and temps rarely rise above 40 F (5 C) all winter, what's your threshold to say "it's cold out"? I have no experience with anything less than 15 F so no idea how I'd feel at those temps or less.

And for those who live in extremely cold winter climates such as Fairbanks, Alaska, Yellowknife, Canada, Interior Russia, where -40 F or colder occur every winter and AVERAGE winter temps are less than 0F, what's your thresh hold to say "it's cold out"?

Please specify the temp and specify where it's in F or C. Like most Americans, I think in terms of Fahrenheit. If needed, I can translate in my head from Celsius without using an app though .

Last edited by AdriannaSmiling; 03-09-2013 at 10:11 AM..

Old 03-09-2013, 09:13 AM
Location: New Brunswick
2,264 posts, read 1,593,769 times
Reputation: 919
I live in Atlantic Canada and I find 5 C (41 F) and below cold. Which unfortantly means I find outside too cold for probably half the year here.
Old 03-09-2013, 09:29 AM
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
20,695 posts, read 19,498,264 times
Reputation: 3107
Well actual proper cold is like -5c or below but to me it isn't cold until its icy or cold enough to snow to 4/5c.
Old 03-09-2013, 09:33 AM
Location: Norwich, UK
11,244 posts, read 7,509,203 times
Reputation: 2658
Anything below 5C (41F) feels cold. The average high in winter is 8-9C (46-48F).
Old 03-09-2013, 09:51 AM
Location: Derby, Western Australia
3,091 posts, read 3,535,141 times
Reputation: 2154
15C/60F can start feelsing cold to me if I'm not wearing warmer a sweater. With warm clothes, 0F/-18C starts feeling very cold to me regardless of my clothing.
Old 03-09-2013, 10:09 AM
Location: In transition
10,130 posts, read 11,866,793 times
Reputation: 4418
Anything below freezing (32F) is cold for me.... most days in winter here won't have below freezing high temps.
Old 03-09-2013, 10:14 AM
Location: New York City
2,789 posts, read 5,305,552 times
Reputation: 1813
It kind of depends on the season. During the summer, I'd consider anything below 60F cold.

More generally, I tend to feel the need to hide/cover my hands in gloves/pockets when temps dip below 45-50F (7-10C) so I'll use that as a threshold for cold.
Old 03-09-2013, 10:18 AM
Location: HERE
2,055 posts, read 2,847,736 times
Reputation: 597
Originally Posted by MrMarbles View Post
It kind of depends on the season. During the summer, I'd consider anything below 60F cold.

More generally, I tend to feel the need to hide/cover my hands in gloves/pockets when temps dip below 45-50F (7-10C) so I'll use that as a threshold for cold.
I can see you're from NYC- AMAZING city!!! I visited NYC for the first time in February of this year...I got slightly annoyed cuz it was the first time in my life that I had to choose between keeping my hands warm and comfy in gloves and taking pics and texting freely on my phone. I went back and fourth between the two- take my gloves off to put them in my pocket, take some pics, text them to friends, then put the gloves back on and warm up my hands again....

I almost never wear gloves here in Calif... If it's less than 45 F (applicable only to before 11AM), I tend to keep my hands in my pocket but no need to take pics during my morning walks in my hometown...same boring suburban scenary .

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...

Last edited by AdriannaSmiling; 03-09-2013 at 10:46 AM..
Old 03-09-2013, 10:25 AM
Location: London, UK
9,992 posts, read 9,946,231 times
Reputation: 3473
It really does depend.

During winter anything below 5c is cold.
Old 03-09-2013, 01:24 PM
Location: New Jersey
556 posts, read 578,622 times
Reputation: 201
To me, below 50 is cool, and below 40 is cold. With wind chill though 45 can feel very cold too.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Closed Thread

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top