Weather in Melbourne - is it as bad as they say during the year?

I am seriously considering moving to Melbourne for work but many have told me the weather is lousy. Four seasons in a day stuff. Freezing in winter. Can people from Melbourne let me know what to expect from Melbourne's weather throughout the year? Thanks.
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koruptj Oct 25, 2019
Melbourne has the most disgustingly coldest weather in Australia. We get 9 months of winter 1 month of summer and 2 months of autumn with no spring whatsoever. It is extremely windy and dry. It only rains when you wash the car. Occasionally you get a hot day but it will get cold by late afternoon which requires turning on the heater. I don't believe there is a more disgustingly vile climate in the world than Melbourne. Don't bother moving here.
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adrianj
adrianj Youre from Sydney and it shows lmao! Melbourne weather isnt that bad grow tf up. Its cold for no more than 5 months of the year and sunny warm days are quite common. Have you ever even been here.
Feb 29, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 Its cold a minimum seven months a year: May through November. Ive lived in Melbourne all my life: 60 years.
Feb 29, 2020
johns158
johns158 Try living in places likeCanada like I did for 2 years, we in Australia over use the term cold weather. Locations like Canada, 3/4 of the USA, Europe, Scandinavia to name a few, all experience 10,20,30+ below zero conditions yet people in Australia say 3-7 degrees is cold. Oh please!! not a clue.
Feb 29, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 The OP asked about Melbourne weather by comparison with other parts of Australia. No mention was made of Canada, Iceland, Alaska, the Antarctic. The OP is not thinking of moving to any of those places. They werent asking about a coldness contest. They were asking about Melbourne. Melbourne is cold 7-8 months of the year.
Feb 29, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 So sad that people cannot even discuss the weather without a need to become insulting. (You just make yourself look small in so doing, btw.)
Feb 29, 2020
johns158
johns158 I think youre missing my point. You obviously think that nightly minimum of say 3-7 degrees are cold, where by others that live or have lived in others parts of the world would say that were lucky to have winter minimums like that. Sorry, but you just come across a little negative, lifes pretty good in Melbourne as well as the climate that we have here too.
Thinks positive and you will feel the benefits !
Feb 29, 2020
adrianj
adrianj I completely agree, people speak so negatively of Melbournes weather when we have it quite good here.
Feb 29, 2020
leighh8
leighh8 I've lived in Canada, the UK and NZ.

MELBOURNE IS COLDER. Houses suck and have no insulation, no double glazed glass no central heating. 4 seasons in one day. It's awful
Mar 02, 2020
swc132994
swc132994 Compared to other places in the world Melbourne is not bad at all. At worst the weather is mild over winter or a few days or 40+ temperatures that come and go over the summer.
I agree that most older houses have poor insulation. We are doing our house at the moment (cavity wall and roof insulation, double glazing and also ripped out the ducted heating (We kept getting dry skin and sneezing often) and putting hydronic in its place).
Mar 02, 2020
adrianj
adrianj Yeah it depends where you live and how old your house is, new houses seem fine. And considering we sometimes get 20 degree days in winter I wouldnt complain
Mar 02, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 We dont get 20 degrees in winter. Typically overnight is 4 rising to 13 in the day, but sometimes both extremes are much less than that. Windchill can make even the 13 max seem like much less. If you love cold weather, like some here do, Melbourne will do it for you.
Mar 03, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 johns 158: Negative about Melbournes weather? ... I loathe it. ... What part did you miss?
Mar 03, 2020
swc132994
swc132994 Brenda if you really loathe something you should make a change to your life to find something that suite's you best. Not being critical but if something makes you unhappy or something you hate then the best course is to change it.
We have moved around different cities in both the UK and Aus to find something to suite us and our needs.
All the best.
Mar 03, 2020
raine-wicksr
raine-wicksr Whingeing abt the weather is a national pastime. I do it too sometimes, especially in summer. But i am so grateful to be living in such a fabulous city that I accept the hot and the cold. And I find autumn and spring fine. Its mother nature, there r four seasons, just go with the flow.
Mar 11, 2020
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DaveG1 2yrs+
Melbourne has four distinct seasons, it's proximity to the sea has a moderating influence. If you are moving to Melbourne from another mainland city you may feel cold in the winter months, but, its a great time to wear those warm clothes and visit Victoria's fantastic snowfields. Frosty days are very rare in Melbourne. We get around a dozen very hot days in summer,and I mean HOT, over 38c,I think Melbourne holds the record for the highest capital city temperature in Australia, around 47c, but high humidity days are very rare. I've lived in Brisbane and Perth and found Brisbane too humid with no distinct seasons and Perth has very long, hot, dry, summers, but all Australian capitals offer a fantastic lifestyle that is envied worldwide. You will never get bored with Melbourne's weather.
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brendaf5
brendaf5 Very few people have the time, money or skill to visit the snowfields, which are well and truly out of Melbourne. Skiing is pretty much a past time of the well-heeled.
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swc132994 Jan 30, 2020
I have not been in Melbourne too long coming from the UK just last year. So far the weather has been fairly stable but those days where it was in the 40 range was uncomfortable but in a few days it was back down again. The winter does not bother me, the UK can almost feel like a year long winter in comparison.
One thing that took me by surprise though was the hail storm on the 19th January, it caused damage to skylights, roof tiles and the veranda polycarb corrugation was shredded. Thankfully my car was in the carport at the time so no damage there.
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docwatson 2yrs+
There is no doubt that Melbourne in winter is colder than other mainland cities,but overall it is NOT that bad.The best way to describe it is "changeable".Winter in general is fairly cold.but you can still have some nice days.Autumn is cool but pretty clear.Spring is the season that Melbourne gets its main reputation from.as its very unpredictable.Hot one day, cold the next and the most rainfall for the year.Speaking of rainfall,not many people know that rainfall per year less than either Sydney or Brisbane.but it has more rainy days(in other words lots of drizzle).Summer can be HOT,but a couple of hot days is usually followed by a cool change,and many summer days can de mild also.Hope all this helps!
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Mark Orton Mar 14, 2020
Brenda, someone already made this comment and I agree. If you dont like it, move. I hate living in Victoria and would move tomorrow if my family wasn't rooted here. I have lived in the tropics overseas for 10 years, and also QLD previously. Life is so much better waking up to sunshine. I really feel that spending your life discussuing/complaining about the weather, or worse, hoping for sunshine is stupid and a wasted life. I literally spring out of bed to a clear sky. Victoria on the other hand feels like groundhog day, waking to clouds, what is the point? SOD = me. But it goes on for 9 months of the year, not 3. And yes........Victorian summer's are very short lived and erratic. The only people who defend Victoria's weather are ignorant and/or in denial.
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brendaf5 Mar 03, 2020
Well, I was wrong re this year. Only March 3 and I’ve needed to run the heating since yesterday to keep the temperature at a comfortable 21 degrees. Only stopped using the ducted heating mid-December. ... Just 9 weeks of summer this year and now we’re back to running our heaters and heavy clothes again for the next nine months. Usually winter runs 7-8 months in Melbourne, but sometimes it’s nine.
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adrianj
adrianj Last year the temperature rose above 40 degrees twice before mid December and its usually warm from October all the way through to April. Not sure how you could suggest that Melbournes winter runs for 9 months because you had to use the heater once on a 20 degree day that many would find warm.
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donnacheekoandlolly Jan 30, 2020
I was born in Melbourne and love it here. But the weather is so bad. I lived in North Queensland a few years ago and I loved it but got sick of the humidity and moved home after a couple of years. I think northern NSW on the coast is where I will finally settle when I retire, I definitely like the warm weather opposed to cold weather but like I said Melbourne is the best city.
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johns158 Nov 13, 2019
We are fortunate here in Australia that you can live in different climate zones and people often move from Queensland to Melbourne because they hate the heat. If you don’t like cold nights move to the tropics, simply put, there are choices out there instead of whingeing about it.
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brendaf5
brendaf5 You do realise that the OP asked about the weather? If you object to peoples responses /opinions then it is perhaps you who should consider moving elsewhere - eg to a page with opinions you like better.
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brendaf5 Nov 13, 2019
Typically the temperature falls to much less than 7 overnight. Frosts are common. If you need to park your car out, prepare for a layer of windshield ice in the morning. Overnight temperatures are typically around 4 but often drop as low as 1 or 2 in winter. That’s colder than your refrigerator. Melbourne may not be as cold as some places, but cold is cold and cold it is and if you don’t like cold weather, this is not the city for you. I agree as well that there are too many of us here now for our facilities.
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johns158 Nov 12, 2019
With 3000 people moving to Melbourne each week I as a Melburnian will try to convince you not to come as it’s putting a lot of pressure on our infrastructure. I love the Melbourne climate, I don’t want to live in a place that has the same weather all year round as thats just plain boring! With winter temperatures between 7 and 14° many people in Europe or North America would envy a winter like that. I just think in Australia that people whinge too much about a cool climate. We don’t get snow fall in the Melbourne area which means we don’t have all the problems that other parts of the experiences with harsh winters.
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adrianj
adrianj It very rarely drops below 4 degrees in Melbourne. You must live in the far outer suburbs if it does
Feb 29, 2020
brendaf5
brendaf5 No, I dont live in the outer suburbs and frosts are common overnight in Melbourne in winter.
Feb 29, 2020
raine-wicksr
raine-wicksr Just learn to love and respect nature and the seasonal cycles and you shd be fine! Negativity just attracts more negativity.
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brendaf5 Nov 11, 2019
Melbourne is cold and often wet most of the year. We have two seasons: really cold (8 months of year) and steaming hot. The cold, wet weather begins in May and continues through to mid-December. Mid-December through mid-March are the hot, sunny months. Just three. April runs hot and cold. So eight months very cold, dark and wet: a heavy coat needed every day; three months of, sometimes intense, heat and one month (April) variable. If you like heat and sunshine, Melbourne’s weather just stinks; no two-ways about it.
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