The forecast was for an overnight minimum of 4 degrees, but the mercury dipped to -1.8 at around 11.30pm and it’s still 0 out there now as families head off for school and work at 8am this morning. The city is shrouded in fog, too.
We’d love to see your fog photos on our Facebook page or via Instagram, by the way.
Last night, when I left the pitch after a reasonably unpleasant 70 minutes playing sport a little after 9pm, it was 2.9 degrees. I played with my jacket on and regretted not owning a pair of skins to wear under my uniform.
At 8ish on Saturday morning, as we joined hundreds of families watching their children play soccer, I was very glad to be wearing fur-lined boots and thermals under my jeans. Our son was a shivering mess, unable to focus on the match with fingers like icicles. We went straight to buy him some gloves, a beanie, leggings and a long sleeved top to wear under the soccer uniform afterwards.
So, as we shiver our way through these last autumn and early winter days, I’m wondering what your tips are for surviving the Canberra winter.
Is the solution to embrace it and spend all your weekends and disposable income in the Snowy Mountains?
Or to stay here but buy up big in the thermal underwear and polar fleece sections of Kathmandu?
Or maybe you book a long holiday in Queensland or Fiji to give yourselves a break from the freezing months?
If, like ours, your house lacks central heating, what are your recommendations for affordable electric heaters?
Do any of you use a cover over your car to avoid the run back inside for a jug of hot water to deal with frost on the windscreen in the mornings?
Every single year when it starts to get as cold as this I think again about moving to a warmer city. For the first few years after returning to Canberra after living interstate and overseas, I vowed to be gone before winter rolled around again.
Now, as I look out at the bare branches of trees in the mist through my , I realise I don’t want to leave. Our clearly defined seasons are one of the city’s joys. I just need the right equipment to get through the colder months.