Sweltering Hot vs. Freezing Cold Weather: Which Do You Like?

Warm weather. Cold weather. We might prefer one or the other. Or we might not have a preference and love both.

The weather is different all around the world. Some countries have four seasons. Other parts of the world especially countries close to the equator don’t have four seasons and pretty much have a steady temperature all year round.

Hot or cold weather. Different climates, different temperatures.

Hot or cold weather. Different climates, different temperatures.

For as long as I can remember, I never liked cold weather. Never like it when the temperature dips below 20’C (68’F) in Melbourne and any place really. Summer is my favourite season and a day 30’C (86’F) or over is something I love. When I lived in Singapore, I loved that each and every day was a tropical, humid balmy 26’C (78’F) or more.

What’s warm or cold to someone may not necessarily be the case for someone else. Naturally each of us are suited to and like different kinds of weather and have varying degrees of tolerance towards different temperatures.

There are pros and cons of living in each kind of climate. Hot or cold, most of the time we need to put up with the weather as it is to get on with our lives.

Hot vs. cold weather

1. Clothing

The warmer it is, the less we need to wear. The colder it is, the more we need to bundle up.

The warmer it is, the less items of clothing we need to pick out each day and chances are the quicker we can put together an outfit. The colder it is, usually we need to layer up; there’s more clothes to be bought, more washing to be done. Living in places where the weather changes erratically or a place such as Melbourne where we can actually experience four seasons in a day, it’s a good idea to have an extra jacket in the bag…if we carry a bag out.

No matter how many acrylic and woollen layers I wear during Melbourne’s winter that hovers around 5-13’C (41-55’F), I still feel cold. When I lived in tropical Singapore for seven years, I rejoiced throwing on just a shirt and shorts and leaving the house like that each day. I rejoiced at the humidity, moisturising my skin and throat, rejoiced at the tropical warmth making my body feeling not numb but warm, and really didn’t mind sweat magically pulsing out of my pores.

How hot or cold it is can affect how we look and how we feel.

How hot or cold it is can affect how we look and how we feel.

2. Mood and getting around

Perhaps the warmer the weather, the happier we feel and the cooler it is the more contemplative we are. When it’s warm, many of us seem to like venturing outdoors for a walk or a trip to the beach or just somewhere to unwind and relax. When it’s cooler, many of us seem to like staying indoors, curling up on the couch and reading or watching TV.

With cooler months come cooler temperatures and longer nights. During this time some of us might suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is when our mood plummets as daylight decreases leading to bouts of depression. A questionnaire conducted by Swinburne University hypothesised 3-4% of Australians could be affected by SAD and noted a drop in mood among Australians during winter. On the other hand, research by Auburn University in 2016 found there is no correlation between depression and seasons based on analysing survey responses collected from participants present n different sunlight conditions. Interestingly enough, research on human performance shows we’re more alert when our body temperature is high. That would explain why it’s harder for many of us to get out of bed in winter, harder to fall asleep in warm weather.

While I’m nocturnal and feel most alert at night, I do like daylight. I love long summer days and sleep better during summer nights. There’s something inviting about light and warmth: to be able to both see action and ambience around you, and hence feel what’s around you. Also, in warm and dry weather, there’s no need to worry about driving through snow or roads laced with ice. However, it might be uncomfortable driving in summer heat if the car doesn’t have air-conditioning and trains in Melbourne either run slower or get cancelled when it’s 35’C (95’F )or more.

3. Things to do outdoors

Whether warm or cold, rain, hail or shine, there’s plenty to do outdoors. Wearing the right attire, we can walk, run, hike, climb a hill, cycle and shop anytime of the year. Even if the weather is too warm or too cold for our liking, if we’re determined enough to go out and experience the world and provided there’s no safety risk, then no reason why not.

As such, no reason why we can’t exercise in most kinds of weather. Notably while a cold body needs more energy to warm up and get moving comfortably, this doesn’t necessarily mean we burn more calories exercising in cold weather. Rather, as metabolism researcher Aaron Cypress argues, sitting around shivering in the cold burns more brown fat and calories than exercising.

It's possible to venture out in most kinds of climate.

It’s possible to venture out in most kinds of climate.

4. Health

Each of our bodies are genetically and biologically unique and so will react differently to different kinds of weather. When it’s spring or summer, some of us might get hayfever, need to wear sunglasses to stop squinting in bright sunlight, get heat rashes or get dehydrated.

When it’s autumn or winter, we might get cold hands, suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, and maybe be more susceptible to catching a cold or flu. Notably, a study on human behaviour and personality spanning 1.6 million participants in the US and China found the temperature which we are most emotionally stable in is 22’C (72’F). That said, conditions such as asthma, dry skin and any chronic illness can flare up in any kinds of weather.

Living in humid Singapore, I never experienced hayfever even around blooming flowers but am a target for mosquitoes. Living in Australia, hayfever hits me hard in the warmer months but I’m not too popular with mosquitoes here. No matter the cons, I’ll always love warm weather.

5. Cooking and eating

What we cook each season depends on seasonal produce available, either grown locally or imported. Depending on the season, we may prefer certain comfort foods. Often colder weather triggers a survival instinct within us and many of us are prone to eat more.

Ice-cream, icy poles, cold drinks and salads tend to be the choice foods in summer. On the other hand, hot chocolate, soups and hearty roasts are usually popular go-to foods in cooler months. When we’re done cooking at home in the cooler months, we might find ourselves opening the windows to get rid of lingering cooking smells – and face the wrath of cold winds coming into our house.

6. Insulation at home

When we’re at home, we want to feel comfortable and ambient temperature plays a part in that. Turning on the air-conditioner or fan is one way to cool the house down on a hot day. Cranking up the heater makes the house less chilly in winter. Or we may use a reverse cycle or split system air-conditioner for all seasons, all year round. Which kind of conditioning unit we use more really is dependent on when we feel we need it. Statistics by the Australian Energy Regulator show Australians seem to use more electricity in the summer months.

I’ve never been a fan of using the heater or air-conditioner at home. Both make the air drier in my place and my eyes and throat get dry as a result, and using either adds hundreds of dollars to my electricity bill. I really don’t mind summer heat of up to 40’C (104’F), and a fan is enough to keep me cool on these days. As much as I hate layering up, that’s what I do at home in winter to stay reasonably warm.

Each of us feels comfortable in different temperatures.

Each of us feels comfortable in different temperatures.

7. Bugs

No matter the season, there’ll be insects and creepy crawlies around. In Australia, dry summer warmth tends to invite more snakes and spiders to the backyard. Warmth and dampness can bring around more dust mites and mosquitoes. Studies at the Woolcock Medical Research in Sydney show that people with allergies often come into closer contact with allergy sources in winter, and mould and mildew can circulate through heater air vents.

I’ve never encountered a snake in summer here in Melbourne, but I’ve had many spiders the size of a hand crawl through my bedroom window. Also when it’s 30’C (86’F) or more, annoying enough the smells and hence potentially bacteria from the rubbish chute in my apartment permeates out into the lobby.

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A number of factors affect our individual tolerance for cold and hot weather. This could be the food that we eat, genetics, age, illnesses and just how well our body regulates and maintains its optimum temperature. The longer we live in a certain place, the more acclimatised we may become to the climate there, or at the very least learn to put up with it.

The more we live in a certain place, the more prepared we may be for certain weather conditions no matter how unpredictable these conditions may be. However nothing seems to be able to prepare me for temperatures less than 20’C (68’F). After more than a decade of living in Melbourne, winter still comes like a slap in the face to me each year. The cold makes it hard at times for me to breathe (partially due to asthma) but over the years I’ve discovered clothes such as wool jumpers that make my chest feel a bit better this time of the year.

Sometimes we get used to the weather, sometimes we don't.

Sometimes we get used to the weather, sometimes we don’t.

The weather impacts on how comfortable we feel, and inevitably an impact on mortality rates. In 2015, an international study analysing over 74 million deaths across the world found moderately cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather. The same study found around 6.5% of deaths in Australia are attributed to cold weather, compared to 0.5% from hot weather. It’s also been suggested many Australian homes are glorified tents not prepared for cold temperatures.

Judging from some of the apartments I’ve lived in in Melbourne, perhaps this is true. Almost every night in winter there’s interior condensation on the double-glazed glass windows (or sweating windows) at the places I’ve stayed, up until the condensation rains down the glass and I’ve to spend time wiping it all up while I’m shivering. Wet windows inside is usually a sign of inadequate ventilation and poor air circulation indoors.

Interestingly enough, while heat and light can make us feel better, it also has the potential to make us hot and bothered. The summer months in Australia are usually the highest months for homicide, with murder rates rising with temperature in Darwin – more warm nights out, more tipple consumed, the higher likelihood of aggression.

When we feel comfortable with the weather, it's one less thing to worry about.

When we feel comfortable with the weather, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Living in a place that’s too hot or too cold for one to handle isn’t ideal. The more comfortable we are with the weather, the more we can get on with our lives and focus on what we want to do and most importantly, feel at home. Most of us reading this will probably live in a place that’s moderately hot or cold temperature-wise. However it’s possible to live in extreme weather such a living in a desert or within the Arctic Circle (think places reaching 40’C (104’F) or -30’C (-22’F) ) or experiencing raging monsoons many days in a year. The adventurous among us probably wouldn’t mind experiencing these kinds of climate extremes on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. I’m all up for experiencing warm weather extremes, just not cold.

At the end of the day, I’d much rather sweat than shiver. Much rather feel sweaty and sticky than numb to the bone. To me, feeling warm is not just being able to feel what’s around me, but it also means feeling the present moment and being present where I am.

Do you prefer living in a warmer or colder climate?


225 thoughts on “Sweltering Hot vs. Freezing Cold Weather: Which Do You Like?

  1. The wise words of whosoever said, “Excess of everything is bad” are ringing in my ears as I read your comprehensive post on weather. Extreme cold and too much of heat is disliked by all. If you want to know what is really hot, humid and sultry, you must visit Delhi (India) in the awful months of July and August, which I always detested! Dry heat of May and June is still bearable though temperatures go as high as 45C in summer but with the beginning of monsoon, the heat becomes oppressive, sweat never seems to dry and only the air-conditioned rooms provide solace. Now all can’t sit in those comfy rooms all the time! Those who have lived in such weather would never say warmer weather is better!

    What a blessing it is to live at a place where the weather is just right and California weather is such…just perfect in summer (never goes beyond 100F) as well as in winter, (never falls below 50F.) I am glad circumstances pulled me to this place, leaving the heat behind me. I agree with you Mabel, weather affects us in many ways and hot weather seeps your energy, lessens your appetite and makes you less productive. In cold weather we tend to eat more and exercise less. However body does get conditioned.
    Thank you sharing a thought-provoking post that made me count my blessings. 🙂

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    • That is such a wise saying, ‘Excess everything is bad’. So true. I have heard so much about Delhi’s 45’C+ plus weather. Didn’t know it is actually humid at some times of the year. I’ve only experieced 45’C once in Australia but the weather was dry. Can only imagine the humidity of 45’C sticking to every part of your skin…I like humidity but that actually sounds a bit extreme from how you describe it.

      California sounds like it has mild and relatively consistent temperatures, and sounds just right for you, Balroop. But whenever you visit India I am sure the heat over there greets you with open arms 😀

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  2. I am right there with you my friend! I have always preferred the warmer weather and have constantly considered moving states as you know Melbourne is not the place to live if you prefer consistent warm temps but as I am very close to my family I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I love our warm evening walks from dumplings back to the car. So many nice memories associated with summer nights. Feeling warm is comforting. I’m not sure whether to believe this but a psychic once told me I died in my past life from hypothermia and that is why I hate the cold so much today and always have freezing hands/feet. Not sure if there is any truth to it but it makes sense 😂 I’m glad that the end of winter is not too far away. Warmer times are coming! X

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    • Haha, I have also considered moving states so many times but have decided to settle for Melbourne. So glad and I met you my wonderful friend! Family and friends are everything, and you realise weather can be both good and bad.

      You said it, that feeling warm is comforting. So agree. Maybe that psychic was right. Another day of winter, another day closer to spring and summer. Much love to you my friend ❤

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  3. Give me a cold morning walk, with breath steaming and gloved hands holding the dog’s lead any day. When I was a lot younger I lived in Singapore and I loved the temperature – shorts and tshirt every day. As I’ve aged, I have lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns and I think that all of these towns have their own weather peculiarities – Melbourne’s four seasons in on day, Brisbane – beautiful one day, perfect the next. None of them really do it for me weather-wise though 🙂 If I was to be truly happy nowadays, with an all year around climate – it would not get above 20degC and I would have to see snow every winter. I love strong windy days and nights and I enjoy the comfort of a heavy blanket on my bed. I do not like central heating or electric blankets and always have my bedroom window open at least a crack – fresh air is a must. I hope it warms up for you soon in Melbourne Mabel and I am hoping for at least another month of cool mornings here – we haven’t had a frost yet 😦

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    • Your idea of perfect weather is the complete opposite of mine, Andy 😂 I imagine you wouldn’t mind riding in the blustery winter cold on your bike too. In Singapore, you must have felt warm all the time except when you went into an air-conditioned building lol.

      I also like fresh air but unfortunately when it gets to around April or May each year. Just too cold. I even use the doona in the summer at night 😃 Happy to send frosty weather your way and you can cool down. We could easily trade weathers 😀

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    • Living in a place with both highs and lows, there is much for variety for photography. Though I must say I feel it’s more challenging to take photos in winter than in summer.

      Thanks, Amy. Most of these shots were quite recent 🙂

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  4. Hello Mabel! I seem to have terrible circulation so when I’m desk-bound – whether for work or play – I’m usually most comfortable in the low-to-mid 20s Celsius (good on you for putting metric first ;)). It’s why I have to wear my suit jacket all year round in the office because most people seem to prefer it much colder and the air conditioning is probably something silly like 18C. Not very good for the environment or energy efficiency, really…

    With respect to clothing, certainly warmer weather can be an excuse to strip off especially among western society when at the beach. That can be a boon for people who like to admire others in the flesh, but I sometimes find winter wear quite nice-looking on people too.

    Tropical humidity kills me – it’s why I feel uncomfortable even in a mild 27C in Brisbane or Mauritius. It’s why air conditioners draw out humidity from the air to make it less uncomfortable in hot climates as well as lower the ambient temperature. I had to laugh at ‘sweat magically pulsing out of my pores’ – don’t think I ever heard anyone express such joy at sweating! I’ve heard it said that ‘men sweat, women perspire’…

    I definitely feel happier with the onset of spring, the days getting longer and enjoying the sunshine warmth where it hasn’t yet got to the (sometimes) unpleasant heat of summer. The Brits (and lots of Europeans) had a really bad and prolonged winter this year (search for ‘beast from the east’) but funnily enough on my last day in London it was the warmest recorded April day in 70 years at 29C. That sounds rather mild for us Aussies accustomed to warmer weather and certainly it was pleasant for the folks lounging in the parks in the shade. But for a traveller like me who hadn’t packed any shorts or a hat, walking around in direct sunshine, it was pretty darned uncomfortable! Going back to my bad circulation, I was actually more comfortable the week before when it was only around 13-17C during the day, but since I was actively walking around that kept me pleasantly cool.

    I didn’t know Melbourne trains shut down in the heat. I’m aware of rail buckling due to heat expansion but I understood that’s why rails are usually laid with gaps in between segments. Growing up in school I believed the myth that school is cancelled if it gets over 40C (it was more an exception than a rule for schools to have air conditioning). Turns out it was indeed a myth.

    Speaking of things to do outdoors, it reminds me of the MythBusters episode where they investigated ‘cabin fever’ in Alaska – where it can get so cold and the snow so thick and heavy that people get cooped up in their homes or cabins for days at a time. In the absence of stimuli like, say, the Internet, I can imagine it’d be pretty easy to lose your sense of time and even your sanity!

    Conservation of energy – I suppose if one is to just sit outside in the cold then indeed shivering would use up a lot of energy. I can believe exercising in cold weather isn’t that much different from warmer conditions – once your body has heated itself up it stays warm while you exercise.

    Mum would do that a lot, would rather put up with expelling the warmth inside to get rid of cooking smells. I like food smells hanging around, so I don’t see the point in wasting the heat!

    I’ve also grown up being accustomed to avoiding air conditioning, but not because of dryness but to minimise energy usage. Only in extreme weather at high speeds (usually 80+ kmh) will I bother to switch on the AC in the car. I don’t have AC in my residences since leaving home and even in my parents’ place AC is a relatively recent installation. While in the Pilbara last week I asked one of the lads who has an engineering background why we generally don’t use double-glazing windows in Australia and the answer was pretty much that it’s not (yet) economically viable to do so – energy costs don’t (yet) outweigh the initial investment in such expensive glass. (I wonder if this will change as restrictions on non-renewable energy supplies and usage increase.) I suppose there’s also the fact that (at least in Sydney) we need to accommodate heat transfer in both directions, whereas where double-glazing is usually used in the northern hemisphere it is to keep the heat in during cold winters. Sydney houses are built more for summer than winter so they lose a lot of heat due to poor (or no) insulation.

    I seem to be accustomed to the local mosquitoes now, but I remember feeling like the Mauritian mozzies love foreign blood like mine. Hot summer days also seem to be when cockroaches are emboldened to come out of wherever they usually hide.

    On acclimatisation, I think my mum preferred the cooler weather of London and initially did not enjoy the dry heat in Sydney when we moved. She would have grown up being used to the tropical climate in Mauritius so certainly the years spent in London had an effect on her. Likewise my uncle in Toronto will happily bear the cold in order to go fishing in winter – I wonder how many people in Mauritius and other similar climates never see snow? It might be strange to think that I prefer warmer conditions having come from London, but the thing is buildings there are very well heated and insulated, and clothes do the same job when you’re outdoors. I enjoyed a pretty mild week on the north-west Australian coast last week with consistently sunny days topping at around 28-31C dropping to around 12-14C at night. Back home in Sydney’s north-west (away from the tempering effects of the ocean), it’s been getting to 0C on some nights which was a bit of a sudden change (it had been pretty mild before I left).

    On temperature extremes, I was told of Montréal being popular with meteorologists, for it regularly exceeds those extremes you mentioned at both ends: above 40C and below -30C. Visiting in the spring it was ‘only’ -2C one day, after wind chill was accounted for, but I don’t think I had ever experienced anything so cold in my life before, not even in UK or on my Snowy Mountains school excursion. I can’t even begin to imagine temperatures so far below water’s freezing point. Still, I think I’d prefer being in a slightly cooler climate than Sydney if only to avoid those extreme 45+C days – much easier to warm up than to cool down!

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    • Definitely metric first. It’s what I grew up with, and I that’s what Australia go by default. Sounds like you don’t mind wearing that suit jacket in the office and it’s quite comfortable, never too hot for you. I also find the air-conditioning in many offices quite silly at 18’C thereabouts. Never understood the logic behind it. Maybe the more people in the office, the more it’s expected to warm up…

      People can be nice-looking all year round. I do like to wear less like just a T-shirt and shorts and it’s because that’s just makes me comfortable. What I do like about winter wear is that it generally has more pockets for you to put your things in.

      In terms of liking humidity, you really are on the opposite end of the spectrum from me. Actually, not sure if you heard of this but I heard the correct terminoloy is humans perspire and animals sweat. Vaguely remember a English teacher telling my class that a long time ago. Really I don’t mind sweating. I’d much rather have a bit of moist skin than dry skin, dry skin which I get so often in spring, autumn and winter ere in Australia no matter what moisturiser or skincare routine I go by.

      Must have been your lucky day on your last day in London this year, 29’C 😀 You are so right. The high’s London experience in summer seems mild for Aussies. There would be headlines over there saying it’s a ‘heatwave’ when 25’C comes around and reading these headlines I’ll feel amused. Then again, it is usually humid in London so when it’s 25’C, it might actually feel hotter than that. While uncomfortable walking around in pants and non-summer attire, at least you got protection from the sun 🙂

      I’ve seen trains in Melbourne cancelled if it’s 35’C or more, and lesser trains running as result. The tracks really don’t handle heat very well and in this kind of weather, and more prone to warping. I heard the trains run slower than usual in speed too. If that myth of school being cancelled over 40’C was true, many many school kids won’t mind the heat as much lol.

      That episode from MythBusters sounds interesting. Being stuck in a cabin with snow all around can be an isolating time, but if you’re one that likes solitude, then it might be for you. To be honest I don’t mind solitude and having the internet taken away from me, but after a while I’d wonder what can I actually do – and being in such an extreme frigid environment you can only do so much.

      So you don’t switch the air-conditioner on in your car? My parents are fond of doing that be it summer or winter, just to give some circulation going in the car. Also I read somewhere that having the aircon on in the car filters our some exhaust present in the vehicle interior. Then again, I read that new cars have better cabin filters on top of air conditioners. I’m not a huge fan of blasting air-conditioning for a car ride whether in summer or winter – too drying for me. Of the times I’ve been in a car with the window down on a summer’s drive, it also wasn’t that nice…the wind does whip your face pretty hard.

      Oh yes, cockroaches. I remember heaps of those when I lived in Singapore. Hopefully they don’t like you as much as the mosquitoes 😛

      You bring up a good point there, that acclimitisation doesn’t just happen when you move countries but also when you are traveling. I suppose those who live in less than developed countries on the warmer side might never have seen snow, or really those every day people who can’t afford to travel. Hopefully you adjusted well back in Sydney. Moving across different temperate climates so quick can sometimes be a shock to the system, and your body might be more prone to falling sick.

      When you mentioned Montréal, that reminded me of Just For Laugh’s, that comedy festival held in Montreal each year. I grew up watching Juts for Laughs: Gags on TV…along with Candid Camera but let’s not get carried away here. I had absolutely no idea that place had such extremes like you mentioned. Now that is very extreme, and I’m guessing it’s a few days in a year. Have to disagree…much easier to cool down. You just do that with some ice-cream 🙂 Once again, thank you for such an enthusiastic response, Simon.

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      • Oh, of course, that’s what I would expect and so does the vast majority of the world aside from a handful of countries. But one of those countries has a huge dominance on global culture, so very often I will have to switch from the default of Fahrenheit back to Celsius – it’s refreshing to see international standards used internationally.

        I think I/we just have a higher temperature preference than most. I had a Fijian Indian colleague who would also feel the office was a bit on the cool side but most people seem prefer it cold. :/

        Oh, I completely agree with you, but in our sexular western society we are conditioned to believe showing off skin is desirable, and that really only makes sense in hot weather and beach environments. I agree it’s quite freeing to go out in just shorts and a shirt and maybe sandals/thongs for footwear – no need to bother with shoes.

        I think you’re right about that – I remember reading about this with relation to dew point and its correlation with humidity, quoting that ‘fount of all knowledge’ Wikipedia: ‘People inhabiting tropical and subtropical climates acclimatise somewhat to higher dew points. Thus, a resident of Singapore or Miami, for example, might have a higher threshold for discomfort than a resident of a temperate climate like London or Chicago.’ Nice selection of locations as it represents us precisely! Still as a British boy, back in 1989, I remember a day stop-over in Singapore, wandering the place with Mum and Dad I found the air outside to be stiflingly humid while all the shops were heavily air conditioned. I’m glad I didn’t get sick alternating between hot and cold environments so frequently.

        I haven’t heard of that animals/humans saying, but I was making a reference to the connotation of ‘sweating’ sounding unseemly and dirty while ‘perspiring’ has less negative connotations – though they’re basically the same thing in practicality. Thus, it’s men who do the (dirty) sweating while women simply perspire (or ‘glisten’ as I’ve also heard it from someone presumably trying to be polite). Anyway, the problem I have with sweating is the feeling of ickiness I have after it dries off. Sweat is obviously the body’s way of attempting to lower its temperature in hot conditions but sweat isn’t water, it leaves behind a lot of residue. I mentioned being stuck in the aftermath of Intense TC Dina in 2002 and having no power – the humidity was very unpleasant. Having a shower was almost useless because within minutes thereafter I was sweating again. I suppose a lot of people have to use skin moisturisers, etc, in temperate climates to counter the dryness you describe.

        I remember the warmest I experienced in London during the 1980s was 30C. And then I moved to Sydney and had to adjust to summer temperatures regularly going to the high 30s and even low-to-mid 40s! Black hair in the summer sun wasn’t fun, absorbing all the heat (reminiscing on my school days here). It is amusing for us to consider 25C a ‘heat wave’, but it really isn’t what they’re used to over there. Conversely we would likely suffer more in colder weather than they would. And I actually didn’t have my hat with me in London – didn’t expect to need it!

        I suppose the speed reduction is to reduce the risk of derailment in case of buckling/warping.

        The cabin fever experiment was an extreme case – each host had to be in solitary confinement and all watches and other potential distractions were confiscated. They only had their bed/bathroom, clothes, and food for a few days – one resorted to making a sculpture out of a wire coat-hanger. By sleeping a lot they quickly lost all sense of time – with the sun never getting that high off the horizon you can’t really use it for time-keeping, and their video journals got increasingly delirious as time went on. I think anyone – solitary by nature or not – would go loopy being locked up like that for a prolonged time!

        No, I generally don’t use my car’s AC. It’s only really economical – that is, less fuel-costly than just having windows down – above about 80 kmh and none of the roads I need to use regularly go that high. So only in extreme conditions like 45C days do I resort to AC. I’m not sure about the filtering aspect – I usually have my car’s air vents set on recirculation rather than intake. As I just mentioned, it doesn’t make sense to have windows open at such high speeds unless you don’t have AC. I remember going on a boat cruise at very high speeds in Cape Cod Bay, I think it got up to 100 kmh. Despite being a rather warm and humid day, it actually felt pretty cold (not just cool) being on the open deck at that speed where the air whips your face so hard it’s unpleasant.

        I’ve seen *flying* cockroaches in very warm climates. That’s really unpleasant!

        I’m reminded of my friend from country NSW whose siblings never saw rain or the ocean till they were older children – and freaked out during their first thunderstorm because it was completely foreign to them.

        Oh it wasn’t too much of an adjustment – I found the Pilbara weather quite pleasant compared with winter at home. The locals joke that we should visit in summer! But yes, I started wearing my winter coat for the first time (excluding my UK holiday) this year upon returning home.

        I’m sorry I’m not familiar with that comedy festival. And I may have been misled on the extremes – again going to Wikipedia, it lists the record high for Montréal as ‘only’ 36C and the average high as 26C. But it seems it does get down to -30C with an average minimum of -12C. Still, even that’s pretty cold for me and it’s no wonder places like Montréal have such expansive ‘underground cities’ for pedestrian traffic away from the cold. I’ve heard some people who are fortunate to have their place of employment joined to their residence by underground passages go to work without heavy winter gear because they simply avoid going outdoors altogether.

        Back to my personal oddities, I don’t really like ice cream that much. To cool down as a kid, I would prefer fruity ice blocks… is the term icy pole common in Melbourne? Recently I saw a video of a Korean interviewing an American, a Brit, and an Aussie on what they called various things and I was puzzled when the Aussie talked about icy poles which was an unfamiliar term to me. Again on Wikipedia, it suggests that Australians are split between using the term ice blocks and icy poles. Anyway, back to my point about staying warm or keeping cool – I feel it’s easier to do the former than the latter because you can always put on more clothes, make a fire or stand near a heater or cooker, run around to increase your blood circulation, etc, in order to get warm. Aside from the fire, those are pretty easy. For keeping cool you can take off clothes till you’re nude and… that’s about it. Yes, you can eat cold/frozen foods, yes you can go and have a shower or a swim, but I think those are harder to do – it’s not feasible to stay in the shower and not everyone lives near a pool or the beach and the energy expense to keep things frozen is a lot greater than just turning on a heater when it’s needed. That’s just my thought on what’s easier, but I’d rather not be too hot or too cold at all!


        • Celcius should be used as much as Fahrenheit. I do wonder how ‘F came to dominate the temperature measuring scale. Each time I look at a ‘F temperature I have no idea how I would feel in that atmosphere.

          I do think footwear is easier in winter. As you alluded to, in warmer weather sandals and thongs are what many of us like to go for and it’s a good way to not get your feet too hot. However sandals and thongs don’t have great support for the feet, and especially on wet surfaces. Numerous times I’ve tripped in these kinds of footwear as much as I love them. In winter, it’s an easier choice of sport shoes or runners that have grip and cushion to support your feet.

          It is an interesting tidbit from Wikipedia, that people from tropical places might have a higher threshold for discomfort. ‘Discomfort’ can be ambiguous, but I suppose that could refer to ambient temperature (and humidity) higher or lower than what we are normally accustomed to. It’s good that you didn’t get sick going in between hot and cold places…think it happened to me quite a few times XD

          Ah, black and its likelihood to absorb more heat. Hopefully a hat has helped in the Australian summer for you. It makes me wonder about the reflective mats some of us use to shield our car windows on a hit day – you know, the ones that look like aluminum foil. My family were fond of buying those and using it in the summer, and I really wonder if they worked in reflective sunrays away from a parked car in an open carpark on a cloudless summer’s day.

          The cabin fever experiment does sound like an extreme case. It sounds like a bit more extreme case of a (scripted) Survivor, where you don’t have the freedom to roam around but confined to a place where you couldn’t feel much semblance of time, temperature and nature.

          Wow, a boat ride in Cape Cod Bay. What a treat in the face of actually feeling cold and moving forward and breakneck speed! I’m sure you’ll do it again if give the opportunity 🙂

          Again another fascating piece of information – underground passages for people to go to work in the extreme weather conditions without heavy gear. It must not come cheap to build such facilities (in a way a cool labyrinth) but I guess it’s a way to ensure productivity and the city does not shut down. Plus that way would be more reliable to get to work than taking public transport.

          Yes, icy poles are more than likely a term in Melbourne. Always grew up describing flavoured icicles on a stick icy poles. I honestly thought it was a term all Australians were familiar with. Perhaps not. You do raise valid points about keeping cool and staying warm. It really does come down to the individual at the end of the day 🙂


          • The Celsius scale is used as the primary temperature measurement everywhere in the world except for a few countries. Fahrenheit is the historical scale, most of the world converted to Celsius often as part of their general metrication process. The international standard unit is the kelvin which is basically correlates to Celsius except its zero point is absolute zero instead of (in practical terms) the freezing point of water. The United States is one of only three countries which have rejected SI units, and also rejected metrication in general, so with its current cultural dominance Fahrenheit is still used as the primary scale in a lot of Anglophone Internet sites. Regardless of all that, I agree, I often struggle to convert to/from Fahrenheit when conversing with Americans – I only remember that 100F is approximately human body temperature.

            I agree that properly secured shoes are easier to move around in, especially in sports or exercise. With sandals, it’s easier to slip on and off, though, as opposed to lace-up shoes which are the only shoes I use. I think sandals are preferable for beach wear, easier to just kick off and hop in for a swim.

            In that context, yes, it was saying those acclimatised to tropical climates would not feel ‘discomfort’ as much as those from temperate regions when the dew point / humidity is high.

            Actually, in school we were required to wear hats in the playground – ‘no hat, no play’. I just remember in those cases where I didn’t have a hat on that my hair would get really hot and of course my head would absorb some of that. My parents also use those car reflectors and I inherited that habit too – at the very least I think it can keep the heat off the steering wheel which can be really bad if it’s been in direct sunlight all day (so hot that you can’t hold on to it!).

            Ha ha, don’t know about Survivor. It wasn’t a competition, just funny to see the hosts starting to ‘lose their marbles’.

            I had a special reason to go to Boston, no real reason to go back now, but if I did have the opportunity I’d go again – especially since I missed out on seeing any whales!

            It sounds like you haven’t had much experience in underground cities – I imagine these places are built over time. It’s not like the (usually) bare passageways connecting nearby stations on different lines in the London Underground, these walkways are often like the lower levels of a major shopping centre. Toronto is supposed to have the largest underground shopping centre in the world. I suppose to our thinking, being in climates where it’s usually fine to go outdoors all year around, being cooped up underground might seem undesirable. But for those really cold freezing days, I imagine these underground networks are great for pedestrians.

            I suppose we can never tell, being such a large country. While we’ve managed to keep a fairly uniform accent throughout the country we still manage to come up with different names for a few things. People keep telling me ‘bogan’ originated in Victoria but I’m hearing it increasingly elsewhere in Australia now.

            As long as one can keep well in weather extremes, no? Still on Canada, I was sad to hear that there are trucks that go around picking up people – usually homeless – who have died in the freezing conditions. Likewise back here very young children and the elderly are vulnerable in extreme heat. Sometimes it’s necessary to be a little uncomfortable but it’s not good to expire from weather!


            • That is so interesting to know about Celsius vs Fahrenheit. Kelvin is something I had to learn throughout high school, and if I remember correctly it was for chemistry classes. It doesn’t look like the whole world will convert to Fahrenheit any time soon…but it really is something that only three countries have rejected SI units. Now that you mention it, most people I have met and most of the places I’ve travelled to go by Celsius.

              ‘no hat, no play’ I vaguely remember some rule in school like that many years ago in Australia. If I’m not mistaken, the summer hats were also part of the summer school uniform for many schools, the hats with the flaps at the back so as to shield your neck from the sun. Sometimes if I get in to the car after it has been left sitting in the sun for hours, and I get in and have a seat, and the seat so happens to be made of leather and if even if I am wearing long pants, it burns and not in a good way 🙂

              Here in Australia, and pretty certain you’ll agree, that we don’t have much of an underground walking network or underground shopping centre. Some time again, here in Melbourne there was this open-aired shopping centre – called Harbour Town and located at Docklands, literally in the city but it is not that easy to get to. Harbour Town hasn’t been the most bustling shopping centre and at times it seems more like a ghost town. Over the years, partial see-through ceilings have been built overhead. I guess Melbourne’s fairly cool temperatures for most of the year didn’t make this kind of shopping the right kind of concept here.

              The weather won’t agree with all of us. Sometimes that’s really due to our circumstances. For most part, there are days you just can’t predict the weather and be prepared for it.


              • I hope we don’t go back to Fahrenheit any time soon! Regarding who still uses it, this map should help : https://imgur.com/gallery/3ZidINK. Aside from US, there’s also at least Belize and a Caribbean island country.

                Yes, in primary school I had a hat with the neck flap protection. They look dorky but much better than skin damage/cancer. I prefer wide-brimmed hats as an adult.

                Ooh, fancy car with leather seats. Yours or someone else’s? Mine ‘only’ has cloth covering but I’m fine with that. Never known burning pants to be a good thing! 🙂

                I agree, no real need for much underground stuff in Australia. Heck, I get Americans and other visitors asking me if we have a ‘subway’ – Sydney’s trains are underground only within the city itself, a very small part of the network. As part of that, there’s a little bit of underground shopping near the Queen Victoria Building adjoining to Town Hall station, but certainly nothing like the scale in Canada and Europe. I don’t recall anything underground in Melbourne but you can correct me on that. Open-air shopping centres are still less common than enclosed ones for Sydney, I suppose because people prefer to retreat to the latter’s air conditioning for hot days, but some of the larger ones can be quite nice.

                Unless you specifically prepare for extreme conditions, I don’t think humans were made for places like Antarctica or Death Valley. 😉 I hope we can all find places somewhere in between where we can live, work, and play in relative comfort.


                • Thanks for sharing the map. Evidently the majority of the world uses Celcius and those who use Fahrenheit are the odd ones out 😀

                  Unlike you, I’m don’t like wide brimmed hats. Actually, I am not a fan of wearing hats but if I have to, I wear a sun hair or a visor. Generally I prefer visors because hats make my head feel very hot, and I’ve tried many kinds of hats from the sport reflective ones to plain cloth hats 😐

                  I remember riding the trains when I lived in Sydney, and remember the network being above-ground, and walked that QVB strip that you mentioned. From memory, it was rather crowded – has to be comfortable temperature wise in there most of the time.


                  • Indeed!
                    I think I see a lot of Asian-Asian women preferring visors. Trouble is you lack the neck protection we’ve been talking about so make sure you look after yours with the sunscreen! I prefer my hat because I can wear it with both my work suit and casual clothes – caps look silly with suits, in my opinion. I know I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I think big hats can look nice on women too. https://www.deviantart.com/angelikazbojenska/art/Hungry-Eyes-348287236. Of course, I have nothing against your preference to eschew them!
                    I forgot / didn’t realise you spent some time in Sydney. I don’t spend too much time underground, but I think they do get rather crowded, particularly in peak-hour and working day lunch times.


                    • It’s a good observation again on your part, that visors lack neck protection. Then again, my hair runs down past my neck and I’m not a fan of trying it up…so that gives me a bit of sun protection of sorts. You are right, big hats do look good on some women and that is a lovely portrait of a lovely woman 🙂

                      I remember Sydney being much more crowded than Melbourne during peak hour – from restaurants to public transport….but it has it’s own style 🙂


  5. Great post, Mabel. I’ve now lived in Canberra for as long as I lived in Darwin. I’ll never get used to the cold subzero mornings nor the hot dry oven-like summer afternoons. I truly miss the warm balmy humid wet season and build up of the Top End. Even the dry season had some moisture in the air.
    I’m a happier person when I’m wearing less clothing. I get that some people like fashion and certainly places like Melbourne and Canberra are places for the fashion-friendly. My idea of dressing up is a collared shirt with a pair of jeans. Wearing a suit every day to work and wearing an overcoat in winter is depressing.
    I know my mental state is happier when I’m in a warmer environment.
    Why do I stay in Canberra? I love my job and the people I work with.
    I wish the national capital was in Darwin or Cairns or Nhulunbuy.

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  6. I am the opposite of you — I’d rather be cold and put on a sweater than be hot and sweaty. Autumn is my favorite season, followed by winter. But summer? Summer was wrecked for me after years of living in the humid swamp that was Washington, D.C. 🙂 It’s hot, humid, and the air doesn’t move.

    Heat also wrecks your sleep! Humans sleep best at 65 degrees.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I was just talking about this with my former neighbour this afternoon!! 😂

    “It’s also been suggested many Australian homes are glorified tents not prepared for cold temperatures.” – That is true; even my place isn’t exactly insulated either. Based on what I’ve heard, winter is the worst season for those involved with charity because people don’t have the basic access to heat.

    After spending almost 4 years in Adelaide, I’ll say that I prefer living in a warmer climate for a variety of reasons. One of which is the emotional impact that it has on me. I feel worse whenever winter rolls around – I guess it’s because of the shorter daylight. Furthermore, when the weather is hot/warm, I don’t have to layer up like a walking Chinese dumpling (I used to joke with my friend in law about this every time winter rolls around). And the erratic temperatures during summer and winter makes me insane too – it is either colder than the air-conditioner or hotter than the rotisserie (or at least it feels that way for me)! You reminded me of the time where we had 42C for a couple of days straight and I was ready to bury myself in the freezer. The heat there is just different from the one in Malaysia. I know people have complained about humidity, but it never bothered me since it helps with the blood circulation and perspiration makes me healthier.

    “Interestingly enough, while heat and light can make us feel better, it also has the potential to make us hot and bothered. The summer months in Australia are usually the highest months for homicide, with murder rates rising with temperature in Darwin – more warm nights out, more tipple consumed, the higher likelihood of aggression.” – For me, I’m forever irritable and bothered and it hasn’t changed since the day I landed in Adelaide. But that reminds me of a particularly warm night in Adelaide… I had to leave the air-conditioner switched on or risk losing sleep and rocking up to my tutorial with panda eyes. But in Malaysia, I somehow am able to sleep without the air-conditioner, lol

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    • What a coincidence that you were talking about topic with your former neighbour! Hope it was a good catch up with them.

      It really is a wonder why many homes in Australia aren’t well insulated. Many complain it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. These days many new high-rise apartments are coming up in Australia, and I do wonder if those are well insulated.

      Hahaha, layer up like a Chinese dumpling. For me, layering up is so uncomfortable. You are so right in that Malaysia hot is different from Australia hot. In Australia where it’s non-humid like in Adelaide where you are and here in Melbourne, when it’s more than 35’C, it feels like you’re in an oven. If you perspire, it gets evaporated in the air so fast that your body can’t cool down well. As you said, perspiration helps with blood circulation. And I noticed that you used the word ‘perspire’ as oppose to ‘sweat’. I thin that’s what we were taught in English class in Malaysia…

      Maybe a fan would have helped you sleep on that warm night in Adelaide :/ I find sleeping in Malaysia I get less of a dry throat despite the heat.

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      • That’s because I can barely stand the erratic Adelaide weather now. I almost froze from the chilly conditions. It was an unplanned catch up with them, though… ran into them at the shopping mall, lol.

        I sure hope they are – because the new high rise apartments aren’t exactly that affordable for the average buyer. I’d prefer Malaysia’s humidity over the Australian heat at any moment. Well, I presume that only we use ‘sweat’ whereas ‘perspire’ is used worldwide. But if you talk about ‘traffic jam’, that’s another story of its own.,,

        Nah, a fan wouldn’t have worked either in Adelaide.


        • Many people say Australia’s winters aren’t cold…but when they actually come here and experience it, they usually change their tune 😂

          Humidity any day, all the way. Sometimes Australia’s dryness can make you feel like you are not only breathing in an oven but also irritates the eyes so bad.


          • I’m not one of those then, haha. I’ve lived through the Kiwi winter, so it gave me an idea on how cold Australian winter would be. Then again, it depends on the state as well. I heard that Perth’s winter is mild although windy. Melbourne and Adelaide seem to be colder than Sydney too.

            The dryness sure makes my skin shrivel up faster than it should!! That’s odd; I only have irritation of the eyes during the hazy months in Malaysia, not in Australia. =O


            • Haha, if you made it through Kiwi winter, then Australia winter should be better for you lol. Sydney is more humid than Melbourn and Adelaide. When I lived there (inner city area) and it was 20’C, it definitely felt much warmer than that.

              Dry weather makes your skin shrivel up…which might mean you get wrinkles much more quicker lol.


  8. Biologically I’m built for a cold climate, but my favorite month is June (Northern Hemisphere late Spring and Summer). That is when I am out of school and feel the most free. I like the excitement of the early summer thunderstorms. the taste of the rain through the maple leaf canopy.

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    • I bet you can smell it when a summer storm is on the way. Maybe you’ve seen flashes of lightning raining down from the sky too. We don’t get many thunderstorms here in Melbourne, maybe two or three each summer.

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  9. Another great blog Mabel, thanks for sharing your thoughts and provoking ours!
    Summer and warm/hot weather is definitely my preference too. Last January I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in Antarctica. It’s a beautiful place and an incredible experience, but there’s no way I could live there, even for the summer.
    The Melbourne winters are getting too much for me though, I’m seriously considering moving somewhere warmer, however it’s hard to find somewhere that has good weather all year AND is a nice place to live/work/grow old. Probably northern NSW, somewhere on the coast. but I haven’t found the perfect stop yet.
    Would you ever consider leaving Melbourne to find a sunny paradise, free from the numbing cold winters?

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    • Thanks, John. Definitely, summer and warm weather all the way. That is really lucky you got to go to the Antarctica, which is so different from the rest of the world and it’s literally the wilderness.

      I would not fault you if you choose to move someone else. Melbourne winters are cold. Moving is also something I’ve considered over the years, and going back to live in Singapore is tempting. Work and life-style wise over there is very different though, and not sure that’s my cup of tea. Hopefully you settle down somewhere that speaks to you 🙂

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  10. When it’s mid-summer I miss the cool weather. When it’s mid-winter I miss the summer heat. So, you could say I like both and yet too much of one or the other gets to me. We do get four seasons here and actually have a relatively mild winter for Canada. I enjoy the outdoors year round and in all kinds of weather. Outdoor activity helps me to enjoy the best of each season and what it has to offer. Haha, not sure I answered your question clearly, Mabel. Fantastic analysis of weather and climate here. Nicely done.

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    • I think you like most kinds of weather and just adapt, Lisa . Good that you have a mild winter, and hope that it isn’t ever too cold for you (though I heard in certain parts of Canada it can get very cold and it’s like 9 months of cold in a year…). Enjoy the outdoors. There’s so much to explore outside and it could be interesting in different seasons 🙂

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  11. The older I get, the less my body is tolerant of extremes. I actually would do well in a desert climate like Southern California, land of my birth. But it is far,far too crowded anymore, just not a pace I could live with nor a place I care to visit for any reason. I love rural Hawai’i, long as the tradewinds blow. Otherwise humidity gets oppressive. I suspect bloodlines have a bit to do with it. My Filipina friends love it here, cool in 90 degree humidity! While I am dying with my northern European genes. 😝 😘

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  12. While I have been enjoying almost an ‘endless summer’ aboard Amandla for the past 5+ years, I miss the four seasons and I thrive in cold weather. (Fall is my favorite season and I enjoyed experiencing it here with your beautiful images.) Last year, Singapore’s heat almost brought me to a standstill but the cool temps in North Vietnam’s SaPa Region enlivened me. Admittedly, it is more comfortable to live on a boat in warmer temps, but extreme heat is excruciating for me. I grew up in Chicago where we experienced that range you spoke of, nearly 40’C (104’F) in the summer or -30’C (-22’F) at least with the windchill) in the winter. I could deal with winter by bundling up but one can only take off so many layers in the summer 😅. Maybe when I get home you’ll come visit me…but don’t come in the winter. Peace, love and Mr Wobbles.

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    • I am so jealous to here you’ve been experiencing almost an endless summer with Amandla for the last 5 or so years. But you’ve worked hard for it and earned it.

      Maybe if you visit Singapore a second time you will get used a bit more to the heat and humidity there. I guess if you are sailing on a boat, you have to put up with wind and sea breezes, or in other words wind chill and so it’s better to sail and live on a boat in warmer conditions.

      If we were to visit, Mr Wobbles will keep in mind to not come in the winter. He is not one for cold weather, that monkey. Sending good vibes to you and the rest of Amandla 🙉🌊⛵

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  13. Great blog post once again, Mabel. I have experiences of living in different kinds of climate zones. I grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal where we the dry winters sometimes plunged to 0 degrees (and no internal heating!) and hot wet summers reached to up to 35 degrees. Then I moved to Finland that has four distinct seasons with long and very cold winters. I am currently living in Poland where there are also four distinct seasons that I’ve come to love. I feel the best in spring, when there’s sun and plants blooming everywhere after a cold, dark period of winter. But I also look forward to winters with good snow, especially since I’ve taken up snowboarding. Good snow and a sunny day is always good. Autumn is absolutely beautiful too, especially on a sunny warm day! So I’ve realized over the years that it’s the sun that I love the most, doesn’t matter what weather/temperature it is as long as the sun’s shining. Sadly we get a lot less sun in autumns and winters here.

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    • Zero degrees and no internal heating sounds like a struggle at home! It sounds like Finland is also equally as cold in winter. Good to hear that you are active when the snow falls, going up mountains for a great view and then playing around on the snow 🙂 I also like the sun and would prefer a sunny day over a grey one. Enjoy the rest of summer.

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  14. I feel fortunate that I have experienced tropical and winter weather. Many retirees actually like to live in Thailand because of the agreeable weather. It’s also good for their health, as you can imagine, and pointed out.

    I miss the snow, but that’s because it was such a joy to see it falling during college years after growing up in Hawaii. Driving in it was terrifying though. But it is truly nature’s Photoshop creating magic, covering up ugliness and making everything bright and beautiful.

    It is nice to enjoy warm weather and all the benefits that comes with it. I really like the fact that fresh food is abundant and locally grown. But I’d like to live in a climate with four seasons again. I like bundling up, a wood fire, baking, and puttering around the house crocheting and reading.

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    • Now you got me wondering if many retirees rather live in warmer climates when they retire.

      I’ve never seen snow. Maybe some day but it’s not something I’m jumping to do anytime soon lol. Driving through snow sounds dangerous because essentially you are driving through wet, wet and more wet.

      Maybe you can sit in front of the fan more at your current place and try to create those winter feels 😛

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      • Actually, it’s been cool because of the rain we’ve been getting. So yeah, it gets quite pleasant because we are in the north, but now, it’s not snowy weather!

        As far as retirees, a lot! I think the most common place for English retirees is Spain.


  15. Yet another superb choice of topic for discussion, Mabel 🙂

    No wonder why so many people responded to it and provided, a late reader like me, an opportunity to get all different perspectives 🙂

    Being close to the equator, just like Singapore, we Keralites are lucky to have a more or less consistent weather conditions throughout the year.

    Our summer temperature goes to high thirties and during peak winter it rarely goes below 20 Degree C.

    I would like to say that I am most comfortable in these weather conditions and even if it’s a bit more hotter, I can manage.

    But, even if the office AC takes the temperature below 20 Deg. C I started shivering.

    So a big NO to colder places and lower temperatures 🙂

    I experienced sub zero temperature only once in life, that was in high Himalayas. Then I understood, even with proper clothing, it’s hard to cope up with lower temperatures, if you are not used to it.

    I always wonder how much effort you put in coming up with a well researched post and in also responding to each and every comment perfectly. Hat’s off to your efforts, my friend and you are truly an inspiration 🙂

    Have a beautiful day ahead 🙂

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    • Never too late to the party here, Sreejith. You are always welcome 🙂

      It is very nice to read about the temperature in Kerala. It does seem pretty consistent, but I am guessing like the other countries close to the equator, some parts of the year are more rainy than others.

      You are like me. Less than 20’C I start shivering and high thirties can manage. It’s about being smart in the heat: don’t go under direct sunlight, stay in the shade, wear loose clothing, keep hydrated, make sure there is proper ventilation.. A fan always helps if you are starting to feel a bit too hot 🙂

      It sounded like quite an adventure to go up in the Himalayas. Amazing you got the opportunity to go but pity to hear about you still feeling cold despite the right clothing. Cold is cold and when temperatures around you are sub-zero, certainly your body will feel that it away from its optimum temperature 36-37’C – you’ll be breathing in air way cooler than this.

      Thank you for your kind words, Sreejith. I do take some time to put together posts and respond to comments…maybe I might write a bit more about that on here later this year…or maybe in my future book 🙂

      You have a good day too. Lovely to see you drop by with all the smileys. Your comments always are the ones with the most enthusiastic smileys 🙂

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      • Most of your readers will be eager to learn, how to strike the right balance between personal life, professional life and our passions (blogging of course)… I am sure, you will be able to give some very practical points on this in your book or in some future posts, for sure 🙂

        We all can wait 🙂


        • You are very supportive and patient, Sreejith. Thank you so much. I do like being practical, and maybe at some point I will share what I have learnt along the way about balancing what we have to do and what we want to do 🙂

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  16. Thanks for an interesting account of various climates and your take on them. Though I have worked in different climatic conditions in the course of my career, I prefer the moderate climate that prevails in my home state of Kerala, which is almost similar to Singapore. It rains under the two monsoons, the south-west and north-east, that last for about five months, followed by a mild winter and a humid and sultry summer where the mercury climbs up to 38 deg C. Outside India, I have enjoyed mid-morning walks in the winter at a low of 8 deg C with a mild breeze blowing on the face as the body warms up on the move. Well, that was some years ago…

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    • Five month monsoon seasons sounds quite a lengthy monsoon, almost half a year – but every bit the part of life in Kerala. Sreejith in earlier comments is also hails from Kerala and doesn’t mind the heat there…maybe the two of you know each other 😀

      I’ve never experienced humid conditions over 40’C. The only time I got that close was when I lived in Jakarta. Maybe I will struggle if it’s humid and 40’C or more…

      You might go back to those 8’C mornings and feel your youth all over again. You juts never know 😀

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  17. I love this post Mabel, so much love the topic. I don’t joke with the weather because it affects the mood. When it’s hot I don’t feel comfortable at all. Everything feels somehow for me when it’s hot. I appreciate the cold because it makes me feel lively and happy. You know, everything will be cool. And when the cold get extreme, there are always things to do to get warm.

    This is more reason why I love the month of July, August and September in Lagos Nigeria here. It’s always raining, the weather is always cool. As I’m writing this now, the sky is cloudy, the rain is pouring down softly, everything is cool. I love it.

    I love the cold regions a lot even though I have not travel to any of them. I wish to soon.

    Thanks for this beautiful post. Do enjoy the weekend.

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  18. Great post, Mabel! I had to laugh when you mentioned winter cold in Melbourne as 45-55 F. Coming from Minnesota in the US, that’s spring/fall temperature. Nowhere close to winter temps in January, which typically top out at around 15F (-9 C). I prefer the moderate temps of spring and fall to the extremes of hot/humid in the summer and cold in the winter. It is infinitely easier to travel in warm weather, though, rather than drag along all the layers needed for cold, or even same-day 4 seasons. Just grab keys and head out in the summer. In the winter, boots and coats and hats and scarves and mittens, not to mention at least a sweater and a turtleneck and maybe even thermal underwear under jeans. Yep, definitely easier to travel in summer, though I do not like hot and humid. Ugh. Hot with a breeze and drier air is way more comfortable to me than hot, sticky, and no wind.

    My hubs and I sometimes ponder moving to someplace like Hawaii, which is tropical and has constant temps year-around, but I think I would miss the seasons!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Julie. You are not the first person to laugh at Melbourne’s winter temperatures. It really doesn’t drop anywhere as low as in Minnesota’s 15’F/-9’C. However I’ve heard visitors from the States saying otherwise once they walked around in the dead of the winter here for a bit 😂 So true that it’s easier to travel in warmer conditions – does free up a lot of room in the suitcase especially if you are flying. Even putting on all the layers like you describe in winter can take a while…and you have to make sure the layers are put on and fitted comfortably.

      Aaaah. You like dry and hot. I really prefer the opposite, hot and moist as I feel breathing in dry air feels like breathing in a furnace. Then again, maybe that’s just Australia’s heat lol.

      You could always take a trip to Hawaii and check out the place first 🙂


  19. 20-25C feels best to me. So in the Australian summer I want to be in a cooler region and in winter I dream of warmer climates. But I think most of us adapt to whatever the weather is and make the best of it – no other choice except to move somewhere else. In general though, I suspect it is easier to get warm than to get cool. I like the changing seasons though. Moderate temperatures, not excessive for me.

    As to humidity, I prefer the drier atmospheres. Personally, I find excessive humidity quite energy sapping.

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  20. The older I get, the more particular I become about weather. I don’t like weather that’s too hot or too cold. Today in Seattle the weather is perfect, a high of 72 degrees, cooler in the evening. Vanuatu, where we lived for three years, had perfect weather. You never had to wear a coat, and it was seldom too hot. Seattle has pretty good weather too. It seldom gets below freezing in the winter, and you can always turn up the heat or put on a coat outside. The summers are so temperate that few people have air conditioning in their houses.

    My taste in weather is quite different from yours. I spent 20 years in the Philippines and I’ve visited Singapore. Both places were unpleasantly hot and humid from my point of view. It didn’t help that the electricity in the Philippines was so unreliable. For years, we went many hours each day with no electricity.

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    • It is interesting to hear you say Seattle has pretty good weather. I follow some people who are based in Seattle on social media, and they reckon it has pretty cold winters. Maybe it depends on which part of Seattle you are.

      Singapore is definitely hot and muggy. I actually can’t wait to go back for a visit. The electricity outages sounded frustrating, and it probably didn’t help you cool down at all.


  21. When I was young, summer was my favorite season. And it wasn’t necessarily because school wasn’t in session. I loved the freedom the warm air and fewer clothes gave me. More kids in the neighborhood were out willing to play. As I’ve gotten older I prefer autumn and spring when the temperatures are milder. Unlike you, temperatures in the 60s (F) feels absolutely heavenly to me. Of course, I originally come from a climate where the summers have temperatures in the 90s(F) and the winters can have temperatures below 0′.

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    • Freedom does seem to be in the air in the warmer months. As you said, more of us are willing to come out to play and there’s usually more chance we can catch up with each other in person. We should trade weather right about now. It’s 15’C / 60’F most days here…but feels like 8’C / 46’F most of the time.


  22. Can I say I hate winter in winters and summer in summers? 😉 But the worst is the current hot humid season – so darned oppressive and suffocating ufff! Dont even feel like burger and fries 😉

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  23. Mabel, you always seem to have a knack for finding such interesting topics of conversation. Everyone has an opinion on the weather and the kind of climate they’d like to live in. “I really don’t mind summer heat of up to 40’C (104’F), and a fan is enough to keep me cool on these days.” – that line really stood out to me; it sounds like you have a really high tolerance for warmer temperatures. I think my ideal range is 18-25 degrees with low to medium humidity. I love being able to walk around outside for hours and not sweat; that was just one reason why I loved being in Sydney and Melbourne last spring (in early October). It might be genetics and/or lifestyle choices but I tend to sweat really easily when it’s hot and humid. Strangely that issue has gotten visibly worse since I moved to Indonesia a little over two years ago. Living in an apartment some distance from the ocean in a hot, polluted city like Jakarta means that air conditioning is a lifesaver. I think I would struggle to sleep in high humidity even if there was an electric fan in the room.

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    • Thanks for the kind words, James. You are so right that I have a high tolerance for warmer temperatures. It has always been that way for me. Maybe your body is built to be comfortable at a much lower temperature than me 🙂 That said, I must agree with you about Jakarta’s weather. I spent quite some time there some years ago, and because of the pollution outside, the windows needed to be shut and aircon turned on. Everytime I went out, it was hot…I liked it but it also felt like I was in a sauna lol. So it’s probably is Jakarta’s temperature and humidity, not you 😉

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  24. Up until this winter, I’d have given you an emphatic answer of “most definitely the cold”. I am not a hot weather person. We don’t have air conditioning and there’s nothing worse than a hot night when you can’t get cool. There’s only so many clothes you can take off… But for some reason, I have not coped well with the cold this winter. I have no idea how I got up at 6am to run in the cold all through winter last year. I can barely stand it even at 10am now. Give me a sunny, warmish (about 20C) autumn day and I’ll be happy.

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    • Hopefully you at least have a fan and you feel a bit more comfortable at home during the warmer months. I don’t think winter this year in Melbourne is colder than usual, and I can remember years where there temperature was 1-5’C each night where I live. This year not the case but I have to agree with you, it’s cold. Maybe running has amped up your body’s resistance to heat 😛


  25. Great topic Mabel. I’m with you, I’ll tale the heat if forced to choose one. As someone who knows well about brutally cold winters where some days nothing feels warm enough, I’ll endure the short hot season and run for cover to the airconditioning or swimming pool, lol. Though I will admit, I do enjoy the 4 changes of seasons, although sadly, we’ve seemed to have lost 2 seasons these past couple of years. We go from freezing to boiling. skipping spring, then directly back to cold. The world and weather have gone mad I think sometimes. 🙂 ❤

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  26. Very interesting post. Well, when living in the north, I love summer. In Finland. It is short, 3-4 months only, but warm / hot also. Recently we have had 33 – 34 centigrade. Winter, I mean the real winter, offers many joys to enjoy and to visit some awesome happenings, which are unique in the whole world. If You do not mind, I show one here:

    Reindeer race

    Have a good day!

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  27. I like having 4 season although well, in here it’s mostly just two (summer and winter). I always preferred winter until I moved to this area of China where there is no heating and houses are badly insulated. Now I’m miserably cold in the winter and sweating like a pig in the summer. Is there any place where it is spring or autumn all year long? xD

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    • Sounds like there is no in between weather for you, and maybe the good weather days are just a handful of them in Suzhou. I suppose being indoors is the easiest way to cope with extreme hot or cold conditions XD


  28. Very interesting Mabel! You’ve seemingly covered it all! I’m with you, better hot than cold any time. Although a brisk walk in newly-fallen snow can be wonderful, I’d much rather sweat through a slow stroll in the summer sun. That said, I’m headed back to sweltering S.C. this afternoon and may soon be eating my words LOL!!

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    • Definitely, better hot than cold not just any day but any time. You can always cool off with a nice cool shower after a sweaty walk. If it gets too sweltering in S.C, perhaps go get some ice-cream 🙂


    • Lovely to see you back, Klaus. I like 37’C but it sounds very hot for you. Hopefully you cool down with some cool drink and ice-cream. Wishing you well and have a good weekend 🍹🍧

      (Also, it’s Google Translate is so helpful, always helping translate German to English 🙂 )


  29. Hello Mabel! I love your blog’s header. Great post! The pictures are fantastic. This is a difficult question for me, because I enjoy different aspects of hot and cold weather. For instance, I hate getting up in the morning when it’s cold. I rather stay cozy and warm in bed, but I definitely find cold weather more comfortable and I love skiing, sledding, iceskating and hiking in the winter. On the other hand, I love the beach, picnics, barbecues, cycling and kayaking in the summer. I do hate all the bugs that come in hot weather, especially mosquitos and flies, but I don’t like the chapped lips and dry skin caused by cold weather. So you see, it’s impossible for me to decide. 😀 xx

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  30. BEAUTIFUL photography, Mabel!!! Warm is my niche. I struggle with the cold and every year I promise myself I will keep active to keep my spirits up. Now that I’m finally feeling good perhaps this winter I will not get the blues and become unmotivated. I LOVE being outside and the sun. I feel so much better when the warm weather gets here. Sometimes I truly wish I could have the opportunity to move to a warmer climate all year round but that is not going to happen any time soon. Let’s hope the both of us do well when the cold temperatures arrive!! The lack of sun is the worse for me I think. GREAT post!!! You are so talented! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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    • As we were talking about on your blog, it seems like you are having a lot of fun outdoors with your camera this warm season, Amy. Good on you to think positive about the cooler months ahead. Sometimes too warm or too cold weather can wear us down, and it helps if we are prepared in each scenario. Thanks, Amy. You are very talented too ❤

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  31. Hi, Mabel. I am the spring/fall person, temperature-wise. I like it when the temps hover around 70-75. Perfect for me, good enough for plants. 🙂 It is funny though because I grew up in tropical Philippines where 80F was truly pleasant, even chilly for us. 🙂 These days, upwards of 90 stifles me. I hate it when it is humid and I feel so sticky. On the other hand, I hate it when I have to layer up a lot. That makes me look pudgier than I already am. 😀 😀

    On a heeby-jeeby note – I am not normally afraid of spiders. But I got a little queasy when I read about your spider-as-big-as fists. Eew! I think I will stay away from those.

    I hope all’s well with you. Not too long now and spring will come knocking at your door. Meanwhile, keep warm with soups and such. 🙂

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    • You are thoughtful to think of the plants, Imelda. A good example of how living organisms can and can’t tolerate certain temperatures – certain temperatures just make us feel uncomfortable and like we are withering away.

      Maybe you have grown used to cooler temperatures, and if you want to like the heat and humidity, you have to spend an extended time in that kind of climate. You can always consider a tropical holiday on the cards as a start 😀

      Hopefully spring will come here soon. And hope those big spiders stay away 🙂


  32. Mabel in Canada, at least where we live, we get to experience the extremes of temperature. Not so much the humidity though. Our houses are very well insulated and we are especially grateful for that in winter when the temperatures become frigid. Interesting about the statistics of more people perishing in the cold rather than the heat. I persoanlly prefer the warm weather and all the sunshine. Our cold months bring short days and that lack of sunshine can truly affect mood to be sure.

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    • It is lovely to hear your houses are well insulate and you don’t feel frigid too often at home. Warmer months it is, so agree that you like them over colder weather. Some sunshine and warmth can make a big difference to how we feel. Enjoy the rest of your summer, Sue 🙂

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  33. We’ve been debating heat vs cold over here since last summer. 🙂 Last summer was so hot and we said we’d prefer winter. And winter was so chilly (-26C) that we craved for the sun and summer. And this summer is worse than last summer. The heat wave is terrible. 😦 Personally, I prefer spring and autumn. I grew up in a 3-season climate, but I prefer the 4-season format now. I wish it could be spring and autumn through the year. It would be perfect! 🙂 Sending you some warmth and sun to cheer you up! It’s always nice to read your posts.

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    • It is funny how one season can be so different in a year’s time. Hopefully you find some respite from the heat, and cooler weather is on the way for you. I could definitely use some warmth and sunshine, and it has been freezing in Melbourne for the last couple of months. At least we are inching closer towards summer each day…like you are towards autumn 🙂 Thank you so much for not just your kind words but thoughtful sentiments as always, Cheryl 🙂

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      • ‘It is funny how one season can be so different in a year’s time’. lol. I know! tell me about it. I couldn’t believe it at first. Our planet is fascinating! Is it spring there? We have a month and half to go for Autumn. I can’t wait for it! xo


  34. This was a very educative and enlightening post to real, Mabel. I can’s say if I prefer extremely hot or cold weather, but I definitely love countries which have four seasons!

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  35. I always used to adore hot weather but as I’ve got older, I find I can’t cope with it. Unfortunately, I can’t cope with very cold weather either! This summer in the UK has been hot most of the time – not the sort of hot you’re used to, but hot for us. And here, we’re more used to variable weather – one day cold, one day hot, raining to the point of flooding or dry to the point of drought – all the extremes. This year it’s been different… and very difficult to cope with because of that.

    Very few of our houses have aircon built in, so we just put up with it all. And this year, where I live we seem to have wasps nesting in parts of the house (we’ve fancy bricks with holes in them and the wasps love those little spaces) so in some rooms we can’t even open the windows…

    You must be heading into Spring, there?

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    • I have read in the news how warm this year the UK has been. It is fascinating how the heatwave over there is hot, but heatwaves over here in Australia are usually defined as anywhere 35’C or more. Having different weather each day is in itself a kind of extreme, and you just have to be prepared for it. Generally I prefer a constant kind of weather as I do find myself feeling a bit under when the weather fluctuates quite a bit. It’s sort of like going in and out of heated or air-conditioned rooms constantly – your body might not be able to adapt.

      It sounds like the wasps have a good home but understandably, you don’t want to get too close. Here in Australia we are still in the middle of winter and it has been cold, cold at least by our standards lol. Hopefully warmer weather over here soon.

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  36. A wonderfully balanced post as always. This time, your clicks caught my attention first and then came the words. 😀 Superb captures, Mabel!
    For me, I don’t actually a fan of freezing cold, neither can I tolerate excessive heat. But I think each season has a beauty of its own and, Mother Nature adorns herself with seasonal garbs. I basically like the monsoon very much. I’m a kinda pluviophile… 🙂

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  37. Hi Mabel, Interesting post with the pros and cons of living in different climates.
    I personally like tropical weather than extreme weather with slight seasonal variations all year round, though it means that one doesn’t get to change from light cotton to heavy woollens.
    As I was reading the post. time and again I found myself thinking about what you have mentioned early on in the post – What’s warm or cold to someone may not necessarily be the case for someone else. While the warmth of summer in Australia and in Europe is pleasant and people like to go out, the scorching heat of summer can be unbearable in the Middle East or even in some parts of India. We mostly prefer to be indoors during the daytime as it is too hot outside.
    Btw the clicks are awesome and good to know that that you are not popular with the mosquitoes in Australia. 😀 😀

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    • It seems the two of us have common ground when it comes to weather, Somali. Like you, I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t have to vary my outfits to suit the weather throughout the year. True, some Australians might find the heat in the Middle East or India extreme, whereas many locals over there just find it a part of life. It sounds like you spend some time indoors, and you must know how to entertain yourself 🙂

      Sometimes I wish I was popular with the mosquitoes…because whenever I get a mosquito bite in Australia that reminds me of very happy times living in Asia 😀😀


  38. I prefer cool than extreme hot weather . I can not stand when it is over 32C- too hot. I was sick in Doha Qatar when the temperature reached 42C. In winter, I can always wear extra wool to keep warm but when it is extreme hot, what can I do?? stripped naked still would not help:) ha..ha..

    On the other side, I love air condition to cool down in the hot weather especialy in Asia or South Africa.

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