I have noticed the same in Asian countries. One Asian person explained to me that the rain that fell in Asian countries was full of acid, so people need to protect their heads. I did not really believe that but it may be true.
As we set forth one Sunday to the tram stop to go to the shops, a light rain shower passed over. Be brave hon. We are of English stock.
When we were in England, I could not help but notice how people weren't fazed by rain. Only once it started falling heavily did they take action. A passing shower was ignored.
I doubt if I could ever acclimatise to a wet European summer and short winter days, much as I may say here, we need the rain when we are lacking.
Sydney's climate has much more even temperature than Melbourne, especially if you live in the privileged eastern suburbs and not in the far out west. Way out in the western part of Sydney, the climate is not nearly as agreeable.
Melbourne has one great advantage over so many places in the world. Take a look at the map. Where I live is Melbourne, bottom right of the map. Our prevailing winds come from the south to south west. Except for that little, constant drain on mainland taxpayers, island state of Tasmania, there is noting between us in Melbourne and the Antarctic. What a wonderful flow of clean fresh air comes from the Antarctic.
It is quite different to Asian countries where the air pollution and humidity is always hanging in the air. While China might be worse, Indonesia takes some beating for air pollution and rubbish pollution. This is a photo of an Indonesian waterway. I think you could nearly walk on it.