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Old 11-06-2011, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney also. I like the fact you can almost reliably not have to wear jeans or long pants for around 4-5 months of the year. In weekends from early November until early April I tend to almost always wear shorts and a t-shirt most of the time. Jeans (apart from casual dress Fridays, or heading out into town) go into a sort of long term storage!

I was in Melbourne in Jan this year and recall feeling the biting cold - that would be unheard of in Sydney in January (and usually if the maximum is below par, the diurnal range is small, i.e. the minimum will be high to compensate).
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Sydney, easily.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:06 AM
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Melbourne has nearly 9 months of the year in winter clothing.
Neither are perfect by any means.
The definition of winter by Australians (and South Americans) amuse me. I would classify Melbourne as having 0 months of the year in winter clothing (maybe 3 months of autumn clothing). Yes, I can see Melbourne has a noticeable cool period while Sydney doesn't. Interestingly, coastal Sydney's summers look identical to Melbourne. Probably more consistent though. Even inland Sydney isn't really too hot. So I'd go with Sydney. From the temperatures of Sydney I'd see little to complain about, except maybe that the summers a bit cloudier than I'd like.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Sydney for me. More rain, more warmth, yet ironically fewer extreme heat spells. I'm not sure how I'd like Melbourne's combination of London-style summer with bouts of Death-Valley-style summer.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Melbourne - Generally cooler and cloudier.

The heat waves would be annoying, but the variety would be interesting and I would know that cool weather usually isn't far behind.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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The definition of winter by Australians (and South Americans) amuse me.
I think you are secretly jealous because your winter sucks.
(I know I was, flamin' mad with envy. )

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I would classify Melbourne as having 0 months of the year in winter clothing (maybe 3 months of autumn clothing). Yes, I can see Melbourne has a noticeable cool period while Sydney doesn't.
I might agree with zero entire months of Northern-European-style winter clothing, but three months of autumn clothing, I would say you are a very hardy soul. You wear shorts and t-shirts at 58 F/14 C when the sun isn't shining?

If autumn clothing means heavy shirts, light jackets, sometimes gloves then I would wear that somewhere like Perth from mid-May to mid-September almost daily. So 4 months. Winter here often has a few brief hours of truely mild weather, but in 24 hrs, it's mostly cold or chilly.

Somewhere like Melbourne, I'd be dressed for "autumn" practically half the year.

Cold winter days, (under 59 F/15 C) I dress as if it was a mild-winter day (38 F/3 C) in Toronto.

Sydney's winter doesn't look much better. With more sunshine, those brief hours of mildness would feel better, but the rest of the time there'd be that same biting-cold. (imagine if it was September, what temps would bite you then )

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Interestingly, coastal Sydney's summers look identical to Melbourne. Probably more consistent though. Even inland Sydney isn't really too hot. So I'd go with Sydney. From the temperatures of Sydney I'd see little to complain about, except maybe that the summers a bit cloudier than I'd like.
A few summer months in Melbourne are sunnier than Sydney, and drier, with later sunsets, so it's not all bad.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: New York City
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+1 for Sydney.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Winterpeg & up
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Would choose brisbane or perth over both these climates, perth would get the edge because of the less humidity.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Sydney

I do think Melbourne has a good climate though.
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I'm forgetting how much lower the variation is between winter and summer...

So I wear "autumn" clothing almost daily here for 4 months,
but this Spring, I still wear autumn clothing almost half the days.
depending on my mood, I could see myself wanting autumn clothing a few times during the summer.

So for Bunbury,
which is only a touch cooler than Sydney overnight
I would want autumn clothing probably 200-250 days a year for evenings.

Melbourne?
I would probably want to wear autumn clothing 300 days a year.

Sydney?
Probably still about 200 days a year,
but that could get knocked back to 150 days a year with a location mostly sheltered from wind and breezes.

I would guess about 200-220 days a year for Perth.

Hot sunshine and big diurnal ranges both affect my temperature acclimatization.
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