Have you ever started to do something on a regular basis and then you find you just can’t stop? That’s exactly what’s happening right here, right now, on this website. It’s time for my traditional Brisbane’s winter versus London’s summer weather comparison.
Yes, this particular head-to-head has been going on since I started this website so we have had seven battles in all before today. To say it has been an epic would be an understatement.
Here are the scores so far:
- 2008: Brisbane win; 1-0
- 2009: London win; 1-1
- 2010: London win; 1-2
- 2011: Brisbane win; 2-2
- 2012: Brisbane win; 3-2
- 2013: London win; 3-3
- 2014: London win; 3-4
As you can see Brisbane held its own up until 2013, a remarkable achievement when you consider we are comparing the weather in Brisbane during the very middle of winter with that of London when it is the height of summer there.
The hype going into this year’s classic has been unprecedented. Here are just a few of the news headlines I’ve noticed leading up to today’s event.
In the UK:
- Imminent heatwave will see roads MELT – 25 June
- Britain set to be hotter than Barbados – 25 June
- UK weather: how long will Britain’s heatwave last? – 9 July
Yes, that final question is all important, because today is the day I make my comparison; slap bang in the middle of summer/winter.
Did the UK heatwave last until now?
The buildup here in Australia really reached fever pitch in the last four days or so, here are some of the headlines.
- Australian weather forecast: Cold front coming this weekend – 10 July
- Arctic vortex: NSW, VIC in for blizzard intensity cold snap – 11 July
- Icy blast an even chance of bringing snow to southern QLD – 12 July
But, of course, these headlines revolve around the UK and Australia, my comparison is between London and Brisbane. Even so, things are looking pretty grim for Brisbane this year, I think London is going to give us a real bashing.
Especially when you consider that Brisbane woke up this morning to the following news headline…
- Brisbane Weather: City shivers through coldest morning of the year – 15 July
Let the games commence!
Let’s start with Brisbane. Here’s a snap of the weather taken today at 2 PM…
Okay, 17°C, sunny, hardly any wind.
I decided to go out and brave the ‘cold’ to see how others were coping. Obviously being the coldest day of the year I decided to wrap up warm, I put on a longsleeved T-shirt…
But how were others coping?
I went down to our local shopping centre to find out. I wasn’t expecting too many people to be around; most, I suspect, would have been staying in to protect themselves from the bitter cold.
Luckily though, some people had ventured out.
All photographs, including mine above, were taken at around 3 o’clock this afternoon.
So there you have it; that’s a Brisbane cold snap. Let’s check out London’s summer. Here’s how the weather was at 2 PM yesterday because 2 PM today, at the time of posting this, hasn’t happened yet.
Looking deeper behind those weather records, London’s maximum temperature this month appears to have been 34° on 1 July, other than that they’ve had five days with temperatures of between 25° and 27°, with the other days so far this month reaching between 21° to 23°.
Here in Australia we don’t call that a heatwave, those kinds of temperatures simply mean it’s just another day, and not necessarily a summer’s day. So we laugh at your heatwave.
Similarly though, I’m sure the people back in the UK will be laughing like drains at Brisbane’s ‘cold snap’ in which daytime temperatures reached 17°C.
I must stress though that this is Brisbane and it is not representative of all of Australia. Darwin would have been hotter, apparently it got to 29° up there today although Perth would have been around the same temperature as here in Brisbane.
Sydney and Adelaide maxed out at 14° with Melbourne 12°, Hobart 11° and Canberra was the only major city today that didn’t get to a double digit maximum daytime temperature.
It topped out at 9°C in the capital.
Minimum temperatures are a different matter though, here in Brisbane last night it dropped to around 3° at its lowest with the rest of the country varying from around 1° to 8° with Darwin again being the exception.
The low temperature up there was 16°C.
It’s another victory for London, but by nowhere near as big a margin as the hype was suggesting with just 3° in it. But if you look at the forecast for the rest of the week for both of these cities, it’s the right result.
For the first time in this series a city has taken a two-point lead, and it’s London.
2015: London win; 3-5
Plenty of time for Brisbane to catch up though, after all, this series does go on forever.
My thanks to weather.com for the stats.