Seven ways to ride out an Antarctic vortex

As the icy vortex whirls our way, Australians on the east coast won't be able to feel their faces, but unlike The Weekend, they may not love it. So we've compiled a list of what to do as the coldest weather in 60 years hits.

1. Plan to get the hell out of here. Picture: AP

Ramp up the heating, wrap yourself in a blanket and start dreaming of the perfect summer holiday. Your friends over sharing about their European holidays on social media will have their turn to be jealous with the trip you are planning.

Tracey Spicer has a few exotic hotspots to start with here.

2. Get cosy at your local

Vortex, what vortex? Hot toddies, mulled wine and hot buttered rum will help turn your winter into spring. Hole up at the pub and start ordering until you can't feel the cold.

Here are some ideas of where to head in Melbourne and Sydney. And here are some warming cocktail recipes for those of us who would prefer to stay inside.

3. Get your whirling mass of finances in order

A vortex is described as a whirling mass of fluid or air. The papers on my desk at tax time look much the same. What better a time to get your books in order than a lazy winter's day.

Here are some handy hints on what expenses not to claim.

4.  Master a signature dish

Use your time inside to perfect a searing lamb roast or comforting shepherd's pie. You just better go get the ingredients now before you buckle down the hatches.

Find your winter warmers recipes here.

5. Winter is c... here. Time to binge.

Sick of seeing Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black spoilers everywhere? Before you accidently find out which house is closest to the iron throne, use the wild winds as as excuse get current with your favourite shows.

For a justification of your guilty pleasure, click here.

6. Warm your heart and give back

 Picture: Louie Douvis

While many of us will be complaining of the cold this weekend, most of us have heated homes to retreat to and warm clothes to layer on. A sure why to warm your cockles is by donating to the charities that help the homeless who will struggle through the blistering conditions.

Read these heart warming stories when Sydneysiders and Melbournians dug deep for those doing it tough on our streets.

7. If you can't beat 'em, join em.

    Picture: Andrew Railton

If none of these sou nd appealing, perhaps you should just embrace the cold and head to the snow, with our ski slopes are getting a good dusting.

This story Seven ways to ride out an Antarctic vortex first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.