American bikini designer is left stunned by one key issue with Australia that she was clueless about until moving to Sydney
- Sophia Kim, 29, moved from Los Angeles to Sydney in February 2020
- In a recent TikTok video, the bikini designer said she was shocked by the weather
- Sophia said she couldn’t believe how cold the Harbour City gets in winter
- She said she has been bundling up in hats, puffer jackets and Ugg boots
A Californian bikini designer living in Sydney was taken aback when she got her first taste of winter in Australia.
The 29-year-old expat, who moved Down Under in February 2020, revealed she has been bundling up in hats, puffer jackets and Ugg boots to keep out the chill as the mercury continues to drop.
‘It’s 46 degrees Fahrenheit right now so that’s 7 degrees Celsius and I’m wearing puffer coats, layers on layers every single day,’ the founder of swimwear label Siempre Golden said in the clip.
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Bikini designer Sophia Kim (pictured) moved from Los Angeles to Sydney in February 2020
Ms Kim (left and right) assumed she would be living in bikinis all year round and couldn’t believe how cold the Harbour City can get during winter
‘I’m wearing gloves, I’m the person to be wearing gloves in the group and everyone’s like, “What are you doing?”‘ she added.
But Sophia’s observation, which has been viewed 14,900 times since it was uploaded online on June 11, drew widespread agreement.
‘People don’t like to admit that Sydney gets f*****g freezing,’ one person wrote.
‘No Aussies will admit how cold it gets, like wearing gloves and being prepared for the cold is not common,’ said a second.
A third added: ‘Sydney winter is the worst.’
Others told her to travel further south to Melbourne if she wants to experience a real Australian winter.
Ms Kim, who recently moved from Rose Bay to Sydney CBD, said she is constantly wearing gloves to keep out the winter chill
The founder of swimwear label Siempre Golden (pictured) said she has been wearing ‘layers and layers’ every day
‘It’s really not that bad, go to Melbourne and see. It’s like three seasons in a day,’ said one woman.
While Sophia’s complaints may sound exaggerated, she and millions of Australians have weathered a record-breakingly cold start to winter this year.
Australia’s east coast shivered through the longest May cold streak in half a century, with temperatures plunging to single digits in major cities.
The unseasonably cold snap was caused by icy polar air from Antarctica creeping its way over the Southern Ocean past Tasmania and Victoria and onto New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland.
In some areas the mercury plummeted well below freezing, reaching -7.5C at Glen Innes in Northern NSW and -9.5C at Perisher in the state’s Alpine region.