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Horribly cold in Krakow at the moment , how do you cope with such temperatures ?


convex 20 | 3,978
24 Jan 2010 #31
How do you deal with cold temperatures?

I tend to just turn up the heat a bit higher. I turn on the heater full blast in the car before I turn it off, and then start it from the apartment before going out. When I walk somewhere, I just put on gloves and my gortex and don't stand still for too long...that seems to work.
Sasha 2 | 1,083
24 Jan 2010 #32
LwowskaKrakow

- Eat more
- Choose proper clothing
- drink hot tea or whatever but not alcohol. As aphrodisiac rightfully noticed that would only cheat your system.
- grow a beard (just kidding) :) might be helpful for males though

You may as well follow this example:

Believe me or not, when it is about -10 I usually drive to work by bicycle... It is just the problem of proper clothes, in fact it is quite warm when you move :-) In -20 it is getting somewhat cold though.

I'm just back from outdoors ice-skating. And it's -20 in Moscow.

Although I agree that this winter is colder than any usual, even here in Moscow.
bullfrog 6 | 602
24 Jan 2010 #33
Ha...well that certainly does not apply to my place...the thermometer in my other room says its zero degrees in there , its not so much warmer in this one where i am huddled over a small electric fire as i type , dressed like a dam eskimo....The water has frozen up

Not that I want to rub it in, Wildrover, But I"m typing this in front of a roaring fire and the temperature in the room is a healthy 23 Celsius.. At least your Internet connexion has not frozen up!
wildrover 98 | 4,451
24 Jan 2010 #34
At least your Internet connexion has not frozen up!

Well not yet , but its a bit slower , perhaps i should put a blanket over the computer to keep it warm....I shall try not to think about your roaring fire...you swine...!
bullfrog 6 | 602
24 Jan 2010 #35
..I shall try not to think about your roaring fire...you swine...!

I'd gladly share it with you, but that seems a bit difficult to achieve even in our internet age.. Btw, you live in farm, surely there must a chimney/fireplace???
Wroclaw Boy
24 Jan 2010 #36
The communual ares in my house are well below zero, the front room in front of the fires OK, baby rooms at +22, so shes OK. Waters still frozen but no birst pipes as yet.

Just heard from my brother in law its going to be slighty warmer toward the end of next week then wham -30...... That'll be testing
convex 20 | 3,978
24 Jan 2010 #37
Just heard from my brother in law its going to be slighty warmer toward the end of next week then wham -30...... That'll be testing

I'll be fleeing then...
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
24 Jan 2010 #38
how do you cope with such temperatures ?

It is very simple. When below -20'C I wake up a bit earlier and try to start the car engine. If I can hear this beautiful sound the next is obvious. If not I call my workmate with heated garage and webasto ;)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
24 Jan 2010 #39
As aphrodisiac rightfully noticed that would only cheat your system.

spasiba Sashenka:). I skate too and once I warm up - even in subzero temps I feel warm.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
24 Jan 2010 #40
And it's -20 in Moscow.

Is that summer time there? ;)

It is about minus 17 here, brass monkeys.
But I managed to get all the wood for the fire arranged, so now I reap the benefits.
Winter for me is all about preparation i.e. insulation, correct clothing and several heating systems.
I put in my fire place more for aesthetics. I do not posses a T.V. and I like to have it as a focal point in the main room here.

But it has become the main source of heating, it is cheaper to run than the gas combiboiler and there have not been any power cuts here.

Unfortunately I need electricity to run the gas boiler so it is a backup heating too.

Over 27,500 people in the southern regions of Silesia, Malapolska and Lubelszczyzna are deprived of electricity as a result of extreme winter conditions.

thenews/national/artykul123971.html
mira - | 115
24 Jan 2010 #41
Horribly cold in Krakow at the moment , how do you cope with such temperatures ?

I wear two pairs of tights, two pairs of gloves, two pairs of socks and a warm hat. Oh, and at least two jumpers. It helps but today my nose got frozen and that actually made me think why something like a nose-hat hasn't been invented yet? Or if it has, why then I haven't heard about it?
Lyszko
24 Jan 2010 #42
The communual ares in my house are well below zero

Nothing to worry about, just how most of the poles live.

You chose Poland, so just get used to it !
convex 20 | 3,978
24 Jan 2010 #43
Nothing to worry about, just how most of the poles live.

Dunno, seems kind of obvious not to heat hallways. I'm ok with not paying for it.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
24 Jan 2010 #44
They've got winter -30....-55

Is that the kind of temperature that if you pee, your pee freezes before it hits the ground?

This question is very important for me :)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
25 Jan 2010 #45
Is that the kind of temperature that if you pee, your pee freezes before it hits the ground?

pee is not all water, so it does not freeze immediately:)

I wear two pairs of tights, two pairs of gloves, two pairs of socks and a warm hat. Oh, and at least two jumpers. It helps but today my nose got frozen and that actually made me think why something like a nose-hat hasn't been invented yet? Or if it has, why then I haven't heard about it?

OMG, that is a lot of layers. Where I live gets pretty cold, but I have only one pair of gloves;)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
25 Jan 2010 #46
pee is not all water, so it does not freeze immediately:)

Is this your way of saying you have alcohol in your pee, alcohol has a low freezing temperature and that you do this on a regular basis so you know the effects? :)
Krystal 6 | 95
25 Jan 2010 #47
From Christmas Eve. to January, it was bitter cold in Illinois. Right now it is so gloomy and warm. We have to be careful with freezing rain when we drive. This is worst part.
Sasha 2 | 1,083
25 Jan 2010 #48
Is that the kind of temperature that if you pee, your pee freezes before it hits the ground?

This question is very important for me :)

At -35 and I just asked my colleague at -55 it wouldn't freeze while it falls either. :) The other things are that pee:
- have a temperature of a body ~36.6 when it comes out
- higher density due to salts it contains and lower point of congelation thereof
- the stream is not so dispersive

It also depends on you height. The taller you're, the more chances it would freeze before the ground. :)

Now we can compare that with the initial question... lol
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
25 Jan 2010 #49
Is this your way of saying you have alcohol in your pee, alcohol has a low freezing temperature and that you do this on a regular basis so you know the effects? :)

you speak with an air of a pro when it comes to alcohol content in a pee stream LOL

- higher density due to salts it contains and lower point of congelation thereof

that is what I meant:)
wildrover 98 | 4,451
25 Jan 2010 #50
I can remember an incident during arctic warfare training in Norway , when a buddy of mine was careless enough to let his winkie touch against the side of a military vehicle whilst having a pee....it stuck...! It was well below zero , and we had already been warned not to touch any metal objects with bare hands , as you will stick to them , and probably lose some skin....

The problem of how to rescue our comrade with the frozen winkie was a delicate one , but we were able to manage it with one of the hot air blowers that we used to heat the vehicle sheds....once we had stopped laughing that is....!
convex 20 | 3,978
25 Jan 2010 #51
a buddy of mine was careless enough to let his winkie touch against the side of a military vehicle whilst having a pee

you know, when you read that..the first thing that comes out is a gut laugh...and then the shock and horror sets in when you imagine it.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
25 Jan 2010 #52
Almost as bad as having paper-cuts between your toes!!!
GreekPole
25 Jan 2010 #53
Poles will survive to this freezing, they are used to it.

Spanish and italians... probably not
Torq
25 Jan 2010 #54
I was talking to a man who spent most of his life in Siberia (he's a Polish repatriate)
and is now currently living in SÅ‚upsk. He told me that it wasn't as difficult to cope
with -35, -40 temperatures there as it is to cope with -15, -20 temperature on the
Baltic coast. He says that it's because of the high humidity and strong winds from
the sea.
strzyga 2 | 993
25 Jan 2010 #55
It was -22 in the morning. Now it's just -15. The inside of your nose freezes, but only a little. And that's in a city, not the countryside.

Anyway, Wildrover, it's good to hear from you. Glad you're still hanging on there.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
25 Jan 2010 #56
Yep , still alive , not quite died of hyperthermia just yet....I have just had to chop up some wood that i had put aside for repairs to a floor , but without a fire its just too cold to survive in this draughty old farm....I won,t be sorry to see the spring....!
strzyga 2 | 993
25 Jan 2010 #57
Take care. I've just watched the news and last night three people died of cold in their own flats, 11 outside. This is no joke and next night is supposed to be as cold.
amt0604ie - | 14
25 Jan 2010 #58
Christ I'm in Krakow this weekend for a few days and am anxiosly keeping an eye on the forecast. Not experienced anything like them temperatures bar a few seconds in a freezer picking up beer!
jonni 16 | 2,485
25 Jan 2010 #59
This was from Polish Radio's website. It seems things are getting colder:

As temperatures plunge to minus 30 C in some places in Poland, the winter claimed more lives, the Government Security Center (GSC) has announced.
"Sixteen people have died from hypothermia over the weekend, eleven of them within the last 24 hours," GSC's Bozena Wysocka told Polskie Radio.
The statistics do not only concern the homeless, as some people have frozen to death in their homes. The dead also includes a 13-year old boy found on Saturday, who died on his way home.
The extreme weather conditions caused power outages due to network failures, with entire provinces deprived of electricity in southern Poland. The military has for several days now been assisting the efforts to remove ice from electricity lines. About 8,000 households remain without power in the country.

thenews.pl/national/artykul124345_poland-sinks-further-into-deep-freeze.html
EchoTheCat - | 137
25 Jan 2010 #60
Well it means I'll have to wear cap and gloves :/

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