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How do you define "cold"? Answered

Seeing as how we all live in different parts of the world, I got to wondering how y'all define "cold" and "hot", and when it is. Down here in mid-Georgia, hot is around 85-90 degrees and up, starting in late March to early April, and lasting until mid October. Cold starts at around 50-45 degrees (though I can go with shorts and a T-shirt in 20s) and those temperatures start about mid-November until early February. Anytime in-between is the perfect mellow temperatures. Just curious. Thanks!


Like this (note the thermostat):


Here is a good trick to make the difference between "too cold" and "too hot" :

Too cold : it's when your scrotum is too compact.
Too hot : it's when your scrotum is too long.


If when you breathe out it looks like your smoking,. but actually its condensation, but really i like cooler weather, especially snow and ice. Ps i like winter sports like skiing etc.

I personally do not define cold. I am comfortable into the winter, wearing short sleeved pullover shirts (occasionally a light jacket or windbreaker), until the snow gets deeper then the bottom of my sneakers. Then it is time to put on more than a light jacket and move to the coat (I hate coats...no matter how cold it is outside, they make me sweet so much).


no no, they don't make me SWEET !

They make me SWEAT !

Hot is any temperature above cold LOL

I live in Windsor Ontario Canada......what some would call the banana belt for our warm summers. but with it comes col cold windy winters. about the end of october the temp starts to make its steady decline..... it can drop to about -20 c or -4 f and when you add the wind chill (for those who arn't familiar with the term wind chill, its how cold it feels when the wind is blowing) down to -30 c or -22 f but when summer comes around we get tempuratures up to 45 c or 113 f and humidity that will quite literally take your breath away Welcome to Canada, Eh? just a fun fact for all you yanks out there. I live in canada and if I go North I end up in Michigan. because of the kind of peninsula of southwestren ontario it kind of wraps itself around michigan making us more southern then michigan.

I felt "cold" at around 15c when in Australia... But after spending substanial time in New Zealand's South island.. I could very comfortably stand outside at 1am in -5C on iced over slate/grass in only bare feet and boxer shorts... And feel warm.... Possibly a variable state of mind depending relative circumstances.... (I was out there calling my girlfriend over sea's....kid's asleep inside.... for those of you wondering why I would be standing outside, in boxer's at that time... )

55 degrees and below. I am a wimp.

cold is negative 40 C/F (the point at which they are the same)... that's the temperature at which I spun fire Poi in a t-shirt and sandals on new years eve three years ago in St Johnsbury, VT... the fire kept warming me up just enough so that I couldn't go numb... so I felt it every minute of the 2 hours I was out. Hot is 2500 F, the approximate temperature of the rocket engine that misfired in my hands, almost costing me some fingers.

wikipedia defines cold as a type of listening device wikipedia defines hot as a type of cake that's wikipedia for ya, btw I made that up

"Cold" is so subjective and so contextual!*

It really depends on where and when you are. If I had to spend any great length of time outdoors at -18C, I would want to be wearing well-insulated clothing.

However, when I spent some time in pergatory working in McDonalds, I would welcome a chance to organise the walk-in freezer in shirt-sleeves so that I could recover from the heat and steam of the "kitchen" (I don't know what else to call it, but it wasn't really cooking).

At the other end of the thermometer, I spent a few months working in a board mill, and (being non-union at the time) part of my job was to stand inside the board machine counting the scratches that formed in the clay-coating section of the process, and to do so I had to stand under the IR heaters that dried the clay. I don't know how warm it was, but the paper on my clipboard tended to curl up after a few minutes, and I was in there for half an hour at a time. I didn't find that uncomfortable, but I did find the walk home in weak British sunshine to be uncomfortably warm.

Go figure.

(*and I seem to be turning so Californian...LOL)

Man can I relate to some of that (worked in a State Collage kitchen, same stuff only more of it).

It is very relative, and subject to each person too. My wife has recently started to call 70o F cold, in the winter time (when the air is dry) and hot (or at least very warm) in the summer time, when the air is more moist.

Um, well the collage I worked at wasn't a "state" college at the time, it was a teacher's college, nearer the easter coast :-) I have been out your way quite a number of years ago, but it is quite a drive from here.

Cold is Minnesota, Hot is New Mexico.


10 years ago

Cold is anything below 5C. warm is 5-15C Hot is around 15C+



10 years ago

Ohio winters have been mild of late, but in the 90's we had lows of -24F. Cold is relative--when it warmed up to 0F, the wind felt like a warm breeze! lol

I've got a skewed POV--my friends and I have slept outside many times at temps < 0F.

Well equipped with good sleeping bags, of course. Not bad if you're prepared. Comfortable, even.

"cold" is when it is nippy outside "warm" is t-shirt shorts, but sometimes a sweatshirt "hot" is t-shirt and shorts