|Apparent Temp (C)||20.5||11.5||Syd|
|Total Score||Sydney wins!|
The rivalry between the two largest cities in Australia has been long documented, and is the reason that neither Sydney nor Melbourne were chosen as the political capital. Sydney was the oldest city, and Melbourne being the largest city at the time when Australia was federated in 1901. Due to this argument, Canberra was chosen as the capital.
Sydney, with a population of 4.6 million, is the largest city in Australia, and has been named the world's best city eight consecutive times by Conde Nast Traveller. Sydney is regarded as the finance and media capital of Australia and is also favoured international tourist destination.
Sydney is classified as an Alpha+ World City by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world, ranking among the top global cities in the world. In 2010, Sydney was ranked 7th in Asia and 28th globally for economic innovation in the Innovation Cities Top 100 Index by innovation agency 2thinknow. Sydney also ranks among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting, The Economist and Monocle and is considered among the top fashion capitals in the world. It was also ranked in the top 10 global university cities according to RMIT University.
Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread throughout the year. The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean, and more extreme temperatures are recorded in the inland western suburbs. The warmest month is January, with an average temperature range of 18.6 - 25.8 C. An average of 14.6 days a year have temperatures of more than 30 C.
Melbourne is the second largest city with a population of 4.1 million and is currently considered the world's most liveable city by The Economist. It has been named the world's most liveable city twice and is often regarded as the fashion, arts, cultural and sporting capital of Australia.