Almost on a daily basis, I seem to have a conversation with an Australian about how cold it always is in Canada and how I can’t possibly find Melbourne very cold right now. So from my last conversation yesterday, to the blog post I did on Canadian winters here is a bit more information.
ATTENTION AUSTRALIA AND CANADA!
To all Aussies – in Canada we have 4 seasons, one of them being summer where it goes up to 30 degrees or higher for at least 2 months (just like Melbourne) and in fact the weather is wonderful from May to October. Yes we get the extreme opposite in winter, but it is a dry cold and Canadians use insulation, so you barely notice it indoors.
To all Canadians – it is not always hot in Australia! Right now as I type this it is about 5 degrees in Melbourne. So yes you need a jacket (preferrably a waterproof one), and a scarf! The cold starts in May and really does stop until October. Yes it isn’t into the minuses but it is a damp cold and most homes have little insulation so make sure to bundle up.
What’s the best tip we can give you for an Australian Winter?
Buy a hot water bottle! A simple addition to your bed while living in Australia but does make such a difference. If you ask around, many Aussies actually have electric blankets in the winter but they are costly and not worth the investment. A water bottle will take that chill away from the drafty windows, and cold walls. Definitely worth purchasing!