I guess you could call winter in Sydney quite mild, if you compare it with other cities around the world. However I have to say that this year, well at least the last month or so, some of the mornings have been very chilly. General commuters wearing beanies is not something you would associate with winter in Sydney. Now of course, our mornings are only getting down to the low single digits, but for Sydney that is cold.
Unlike in country NSW, where they have minus digits for most of the winter. With cold mornings like this though, you tend to get a good frost and then when it burns off – the most beautiful of winters day. You can’t go past a good winter day, as long as there is no wind.
This year though we have had some terrible westerly winds that have made the days feel a lot colder than they actually were. The general population have been caught out a lot with these winds this season, thinking it was warmer than it actually was and then freezing through the day.
However, you think we’re having a brutal winter? Winter temperatures in Oymyakon, Russia have an average minus 50 C. This remote village is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth. Oymyakon is a two-day drive from Yakutsk, the regional capital which has the lowest winter temperatures of any city in the world. Oymyakon ironically means “unfrozen water.” This is due to the thermal spring located nearby. Originally the location was used by reindeer herders who would water their flock in the warm springs.
How do the locals deal with the cold? Well Vodka of course, which they call Russki chai (Russian tea).