Monday, 8 April 2013

Expat Weather

Moving country brings with it lots of new changes and things to get familiar with. The weather system is one of the big changes expats have to get acclimatised to when settling in their host country. We take a look at some of the hottest and coldest countries to set up home.

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Results of our 2012 Expat Explorer survey have shown the Middle East to be a popular destination with expats looking for career opportunities and progression. However, this sun seekers’ paradise can get very hot. Temperatures are regularly over 40 degrees centigrade and occasionally have been known to creep up to over 50. Our survey revealed that expats based in the Middle East found it difficult to adjust to the weather conditions with 39% expats based in Saudi Arabia and 34% in Kuwait citing this to be the case. In temperatures like this, walking outside without shoes or touching metal objects during the middle of the day become just not possible.

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At the other end of the spectrum, expats can also find themselves in sub-zero temperatures, the kind of temperatures where you feel ice on your face and can stick to cold objects if you touch them. Russia and Canada, both popular expat destinations, have some particularly chilly conditions to say the least. In fact, Russia has just had one of the coldest winters on record with temperatures falling as low as -50 degrees. In these sorts of conditions, even turning off your car engine is risky as  you may not get it re-started. Similarly, Canada is host to some tough winters. This year temperatures in Quebec fell to -40.3 so it’s not surprising that 30% of expats there found it difficult to adjust to the local weather. 

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Forget hot and cold, the sticky humidity that expats in some Asian countries face can be equally as tough to bear with clothes sticking to your body and sweat trickling down your face. Humidity levels sometimes reaching 95% and there have even been reports of mobile phones breaking due to the moisture. However, thanks to modern air conditioning humidity can be dealt with to some extent. Only 19% of expats in Singapore and 12% in Thailand reported finding it difficult to adjust to the local climate.

What is the temperature like in your expat location? What top tips do you have for expats to survive extreme temperatures? Leave us a comment below. 

1 comment:

  1. I have been lucky to live all over from West Africa to Eastern Turkey I have never found the weather to be a problem. The bugs are another story!

    At the moment we are in Astana, Kazakhstan. We were apprehensive of the weather as it has an 80 degree temperature range, from -50 Celsius to at least +30 and sometimes more. Although the weather dominates our thoughts, particularly in Winter it is actually surprisingly livable.


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