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Old 03-11-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Nice and simple here: what climates, in your own country, would you give an "A" to? (includes A+/- and plain old A). I've also kept it to places which have a permanent population: no Mt. Wellingtons or Thredbo Top Stations. Thredbo Village has a permanent population of 477 according to Wikipedia. Likewise for Mount Buller: 251 permanent residents.

Here are mine, going state by state, territory by territory, in Australia (max 5 per state to keep it manageable):

Australian Capital Territory: None
New South Wales: Armidale, Walcha, Oberon, Blackheath, Thredbo Village
Northern Territory: None
Queensland: None
Tasmania: George Town, Burnie, Liawenee
Victoria: Weeaproinah, Mount Buller, Portland
South Australia: Robe
Western Australia: Albany (only just, gets to 35C every summer here).

As you can see, I prefer high altitude locations with mild summers and cold winters with the chance of snow. Coastal locations with very mild summers also make the grade, though they can see the occasional hot (30C+) day.

These coastal locations that are on the mainland get an A- as a result of the risk of heat, those in Tasmania get an A (in fact, Low Head/George Town has never got above 30C!).

High altitude locations such as Walcha, Oberon and Blackheath also get an A. The few hot days that occur here are made up for by winter snow days.

Armidale only gets an A- because snow is not an annual event, but the weather is excellent otherwise.

Only high altitude locations with frequent snow or winter snowpack get an A+, namely Thredbo Village, Mount Buller and Liawenee.

No coastal location in NSW, QLD or NT makes the grade due to high humidity levels in summer, though a few make it into the high B's such as on the far south coast of NSW (Ulladulla southwards).

For reference purposes, I rate Sydney a C: a so-so climate which is far from my ideal but there are a lot of places which are far worse, particularly in Australia.

Note: I'll exclude Macquarie Island here, though I probably wouldn't rate it an A anyway due to the constant wind. Even places like Mount Buller get a break from the bitter westerlies in summer due to latitude, not so at 54S.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Absolutely none... the highest grade a Canadian climate gets from me is D+ which would be the Southern Gulf Islands of BC.
Most Canadian climates are F to me.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Interesting that a cool climate lover can find some joy in a hot country (Australia), but not so for a heat lover in a cold country (Canada). I guess there is nowhere in Canada that is balmy year round; even hot summer climates like Kelowna and Osoyoos have chilly winters with snowfall.

Nowhere in Australia has continental style winters with temps below -10C though, so an extreme cold lover wouldn't find anything to their liking here.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Interesting that a cool climate lover can find some joy in a hot country (Australia), but not so for a heat lover in a cold country (Canada). I guess there is nowhere in Canada that is balmy year round; even hot summer climates like Kelowna and Osoyoos have chilly winters with snowfall.

Nowhere in Australia has continental style winters with temps below -10C though, so an extreme cold lover wouldn't find anything to their liking here.
Another reason why Australia will always be the "lucky country" to me.. you guys have some amazing (warm and balmy) climates there and even your "bad" climates are still far better than 90% of Canadian climates IMO
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:42 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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There aren't any 'A' climates in the UK, but the best climates would be London, then either Southampton or Bournemouth.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:36 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Nowhere in NZ rates higher than a C+ in my view.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:37 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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In mainland France pretty much the best we have IMO is Nice or Calvi, which are both around B-.

If you include overseas departments though, Bora Bora, Fort-de-France, etc. get a solid A
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Dalby, Queensland
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In NSW north of about Sydney to the Queensland border and slightly inland I would rate an A-. I don't think I'd give anywhere in Australia anything higher. Somewhere like Grafton or Taree sounds good, they get some great thunderstorms.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I'd rate the western Australian coastline from Perth north through to around Port Hedland an A. Good year round temps and an abundance of sunshine.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I wouldn't give any climate in my country an A.

I gave Braemar, the coldest low-level town in the UK a B+
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