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Old 09-02-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Now imagine this nine months of the year -- that's Christchurch!
BRRRR!!

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Don't you live in Perth? It's difficult to imagine it being cold there. I would've though lows of 5 C or lower are uncommon and usually accompanied by daily temps in the high teens?
Yes, I'm in Perth. Winter's often get us below 5C at night. We had quite a few near-zero temps this winter. It was 3 last night. Yes, it's lovely later in the day, near 20 at lot of times although earlier this week, Tuesday I think it was, it was only about 14! Big change from Sunday - when it was 23!

Daytime temps in the teens feels cold in these houses. Right now my thermometer says it's 18 in the house and 23 in my backyard.

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Do they have electric blankets in Aus?
Yes, they're quite popular but I'll never buy one. Good old Canadian Goose Down is our preference
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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BRRRR!!



Yes, I'm in Perth. Winter's often get us below 5C at night. We had quite a few near-zero temps this winter. It was 3 last night. Yes, it's lovely later in the day, near 20 at lot of times although earlier this week, Tuesday I think it was, it was only about 14! Big change from Sunday - when it was 23!

Daytime temps in the teens feels cold in these houses. Right now my thermometer says it's 18 in the house and 23 in my backyard.



Yes, they're quite popular but I'll never buy one. Good old Canadian Goose Down is our preference
Never used one when I lived in Perth, but now I find they're a real god-send.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Daytime temps in the teens feels cold in these houses. Right now my thermometer says it's 18 in the house and 23 in my backyard.
This reminds me of my comment "...Why do Aussies build homes?..."

It is 28 C in my house, low around 24 C this morning ()
and I still slept under a comforter for optimum comfort.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I was in the Western Downs, near Dalby.
Nowhere near as cold as the places listed above, which are also known as part of the "Granite Belt", the coldest area in Queensland and geologically part of the New England area - a very high plateau (by Oz standards) in northern NSW.
Ah...

Dalby still has the potential to be as cold as Perth or Sydney in the daytime (9-11 C recorded highs in winter)
with 5 months of record lows ranging from -2 C to -6 C.
Coldest monthly avg hi/lo is 19.7 C/4.1 C.

In a fibro house that would definitely be chilly.
I would not want to live in an "airy" Queenslander home in that climate.
A house with high "thermal mass" (thick stone walls?) might be comfortable though.

Climate statistics for Australian locations
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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A house with high "thermal mass" (thick stone walls?) might be comfortable though.
Rammed earth homes are great that way. We visited the parents of some friends who had one of these homes built, down south where it gets quite cold. Very comfortable.

And I think rammed earth homes look really nice.
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Rammed earth homes are great that way. We visited the parents of some friends who had one of these homes built, down south where it gets quite cold. Very comfortable.

And I think rammed earth homes look really nice.
How common are "rammed earth homes" in Oz?



I know you might not be a "weather buff" but say you have two forecasts for your house in Perth: (anyone is welcome to respond )

- sunny day, high of 22 C, cooling to 6 C by sunrise the next day, the daily avg between the two is 14 C
- mostly cloudy day, high of 16 C, cooling to 10 C by sunrise the next day, the daily avg between the two is 13 C

By morning the next day without heating, would your house feel the same?
Or is the thermal mass/insulation in your house so low that a warmer low will "always" mean a warmer morning temp indoors?

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