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Old 04-04-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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Which place seems to have a better summer?

Just going by mean monthly temps… Sydney is clearly the colder of the two, averaging only 70 F in Dec…72 F in January…and 71 F in August, no doubt only in the most urban areas of the city. Many seem to complain about the changabilty and cool temps of Sydney in summer.

On the other hand, Rome has less variability it seems in summer (Mediterranean climate) and is warmer than Sydney in summer...averaging 71 F in June...76 F in July...and 75 F in August. Rome is also warmer annually.

I think Sydney would be more interesting in terms of changeable weather based on what some of the locals have written …but would the cool summers be worth it compared to the sun and stabilty of a summer in Rome?


Rome, Italy:
ROMA/FIUMICINO, ITALY Weather History and Climate Data

Sydney, Australia:
http://www.worldclimate.com/cgi-bin/...1202+0011287G2


Forget the poll...tell us why/why not.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: In transition
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For summers, I like Rome better. It's warmer temperatures and the Mediterranean sea is warmer than the ocean off of Sydney in the summer. For year round, I like Sydney better for warmer winters and more stable climate in general temperature wise.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: motueka nz
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I think Sydney has the warmer annual temp by almost 2 C. I would have thought Sydney would have a slight edge in sunshine too. I think the summer rain Sydney gets, seals it for me. I prefer a good rainfall total during the summer. Cloudy days during a Sydney summer are fine by me, I always feel like the sun there is a bit too glaring.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Neither climate is bad, but I rate Sydney one of the best climates in the world (I think it's climate is underrated, if anything). It's not too gloomy (sunshine totals ranging from 2500-2700 hours across the metropolitan area), gets the occasionally torrential downpour/electrical storm which I like, sun tends towards the winter and spring months, and the big one is 'scorchers' (37C/100F+) are considerably rarer here than in Perth, Adelaide or Melbourne. Summer is also seldom unpleasantly cool as it can be in Melbourne.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Rome definitely has a better summer, at least from my point of view.

Overall they are fairly even across the calendar year. I would prefer Sydney's winters and springs and Rome's summers and autumns (in the hypothetical sense as they'd occur at the same time). In this scenario I could maximise my sunshine. Ironically, sea swimming is best in Sydney in summer/autumn so I'd miss the warmish ocean dips..
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Rome definitely has a better summer, at least from my point of view.

Overall they are fairly even across the calendar year. I would prefer Sydney's winters and springs and Rome's summers and autumns (in the hypothetical sense as they'd occur at the same time). In this scenario I could maximise my sunshine. Ironically, sea swimming is best in Sydney in summer/autumn so I'd miss the warmish ocean dips..
Ocean temps off Bondi and Cottesloe are similar in the summer months. Sydney would have higher humidity, but we have more sun/higher temps to make up for it. I think the sensation of getting chilled after a dip in the ocean would be similar in both.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Rome's summer. A half-year split would be the best scheme.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Eastern Sydney, Australia
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Sydney hands down for me. I like the wide variety of changeable weather especially the downpours that can occur at any time of the year.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Which place seems to have a better summer?

Just going by mean monthly temps… Sydney is clearly the colder of the two, averaging only 70 F in Dec…72 F in January…and 71 F in August, no doubt only in the most urban areas of the city. Many seem to complain about the changabilty and cool temps of Sydney in summer.

On the other hand, Rome has less variability it seems in summer (Mediterranean climate) and is warmer than Sydney in summer...averaging 71 F in June...76 F in July...and 75 F in August. Rome is also warmer annually.

I think Sydney would be more interesting in terms of changeable weather based on what some of the locals have written …but would the cool summers be worth it compared to the sun and stabilty of a summer in Rome?


Rome, Italy:
ROMA/FIUMICINO, ITALY Weather History and Climate Data

Sydney, Australia:
SYDNEY/K SMITH AUSTRAL, Weather History and Climate Data


Forget the poll...tell us why/why not.
You're really hung up on Sydney's (and SH in general) "cool" summers, aren't you? You're also very fond of making statements that are easily proven to be completely false.

Sydney's climate data is taken from coastal stations (either the airport or observatory). If you look at the data from inland stations the summer temps are actually the same as Rome (and winters are much warmer and sunnier): Climate statistics for Australian locations

No matter which station you look at though, Sydney is much warmer than Rome annually and has the same annual sunshine total (although it is more evenly distributed in Sydney's case) and summer SSTs (but Sydney has far warmer SSTs for the rest of the year): Rome Climate Guide, Italy | World Climate Guide and Sydney Climate Guide, New South Wales, Australia | World Climate Guide

Having said all that though, I personally prefer Rome's summers due to the higher sunshine and longer daylight hours. But if we're talking year-round Sydney wins hands down.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Sydney - wetter year round and cooler summers. I would probably prefer a Rome winter since its cloudier and cooler than Sydney's, but I find cooler summer weather to be the bigger draw when it comes to comparing climates.

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