If you ask any local person what the weather is like in Melbourne today you will get the reply: “it’s freezing out there”. As you can see from the above picture it is an unpleasant forecast, yes that is true. And the wind does not help. Is it freezing? No it is not.
When telling people we would be moving to Australia almost all at some point responded with ‘oh wow, it is always warm in Australia!’. You always have ideas about a destination, even if you have not been there. One of those prejudice is about the temperature in Australia. Well, that might be the case in some parts of the continent, we had already read and now experienced first hand that that is not the case in Melbourne.
Winter here feels like a bad summer day in the Netherlands. Which can also be unpleasant.
Insolation of houses, or rather the lack of it
We have already used our heater here more than we have in Europe. Not due to the temperature, but the lack of isolation. Cold outside then also means cold inside. Winter so far has meant between 3-7 °C at night. Although that does not sound that bad, it does get pretty cold inside in a house that has single glass windows and no insolation. Despite the fact that I love to sleep in a cold room, it even got too cold for me. We solved that by buying extra blankets and wearing our socks and clothing.
July is the coldest month of the year
During the day it has been between 11-15 °C. Once the sun comes out it the temperatures are still the same, but it then immediately gets very nice and comfortable out here.
If statistics can be trusted then July is the coldest month in Melbourne, so from now on it only gets better!
Melbourne is ranked in the most liveable city in the world. The only complaint that people seem to have here is about the weather. Apearently in every season it can be every kind of weather and that all in one day. Crowded House wrote their ‘four seasons in one day’ song about Melbourne, where they come from.