scasparz...Micro-climate, as pointed by Lee, as it may affect drastically the quality of life for the residents.
Mild in winter, warm in summer. Based on one winter and two summers.
We have had three winters here now, the first was more like winter in the UK with sunshine, we had prepared ourselves for snow and cold for weeks on end, but none of this happened, it was wonderful, the 2nd we had been lured into a false sense of security by the first and we had an 11 day spell of snow and ice with fog, by far the worst winter but even so 2 weeks I can live with, the 3rd one was lovely snow which last about 2 weeks, the sun was out and it was great, and then about a week after the snow went, it came back again, and we weren't prepared for the 2nd lot!!
So caught out again!
The 3 summers have been simlar to one another, but this year has not been as hot as last year although maybe that is more to do with us aclimatising to it.
I was discussing with Darren the other evening and we agreed that the worst times weather wise here are July as it can get unbearably hot so air con could be a neccessity though we have managed without it for the last 2 summers, and Jan/Feb when it's very cold, but we just hibernate as everyone else does, it doesn't last for long, certainly not the whole two months and at times it can be like spring.
The rain here is virtually non existant in comparison to the UK, however when it does rain, you know about it, but we rarely have days and days of rain, so thats a huge plus.