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Second winter in Melbourne

After living in Melbourne for a year, I figured I understood the weather. So I wrote a blog post last year about winter in Melbourne. Little did I know, that everything is different the second time around.

Last year we did not have a whole lot of rain. I do not remember one day of continues rain. After every day with rainy we had plenty of warm and sunny days, making it a really mild winter. This winter is different. After one sunny day we now have had plenty of rainy days. That makes this winter feel a lot more like winter as we I have know it.

Varying winter conditions in Melbourne

It is not the actual temperature that makes it feel hot or cold here. It can be 10 degrees and sunny and it will feel like a summers day. It can also feel like a cold winters day. It all depends on where the wind comes from. If it is coming from inland it can feel almost 10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. However if the wind blows from the Arctic South it can feel 10 degrees colder.

Although it does not freeze in Melbourne, it can feel like it does.

Inside temperatures

The thing that has not changed since last year is how cold it can get inside our house in winter, due to the lack of insulation. In which our house is not too different from most Australian houses. Ten days ago it was 7.2 degrees in the kids bedroom when they woke up, that was the same as the outside temperature:


Imagine what it will be if it is 2 degrees outside! It has never felt this cold inside our Dutch home where the temperature outside can drop a lot more.

Yes, we have two gas heaters in the living room, but they do not really do the job. Once the heater is off the warmth is out of the house in no time. We also live in a very open structured house with a high ceiling and an open upstairs area, so it can get nice and warm in the children’s bedroom and still feel fresh downstairs.

I guess it is possible to heat the house more than we do, but we refuse to spend $800 a month on gas (as we heard was the costing from another family). So instead we still dress in layers and wrap ourselves up in a sleeping bag at night.

Moments that make me forget it is winter

There are two things here that make me forget that it is winter sometimes.Β  The first one is when I see all the colorful flowers. There are plenty flowers that blossom in winter here, even more than in summer. I associate that with spring or summer.


The second is when the sun shines and there is no wind, the temperature feels higher than the actual temperature and you can walk around in a T-shirt. Last weekend we had such bonus days. I went for a hike along Beaumaris beach, while the children went to Dutch school. It was nice and sunny. I even walked in the water with bare feet, which was just a little chilly.


I love the fact that we also have winter here, as I love the change of seasons. But I am also happy that it is possible to enjoy sunny days in winter, being able to be outside without a jacket.


Mother, wife, explorer and loving the outdoors. We recently moved to Australia, so lots to explore here. We are keeping a blog about our experiences of moving and living on a different continent as a family.

4 thoughts on “Second winter in Melbourne

  1. Oh, and insulation in houses is far from what we are used to in Europe… I wonder if they do on purpose so they can make a fortune from gas and power costs… I always say: You almost feel like heating for the outside and in summer cooling for the outside πŸ˜‰


  2. Let me tell you from experience (we are in our 11th winter in Melbourne…) that no winter is ever the same. Just like no summer is ever the same… Our first winter here was dry and cold. The next one less dry and colder. Then wet and cold, wetter and not as cold, not as wet and not as cold and so on… You can never really prepare yourself. It always takes you by surprise πŸ™‚


  3. haha, I know the feeling πŸ™‚ its super cold inside, but I also loved the warm days last week πŸ™‚ I hope they be back soon. Have a nice week


  4. Ja,wat een verschil is dat zeg,hier nu broeierig wam .Maar bij jullie verschilt het wel heel erg hoor!We denken aan jullie zag inderdaad veel regen laatste dagen bij jullie!Dikke knuffel!Hoe is Kai zijn nieuwe school?Vind je het wel lekker te werken?


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