How Do Brisbane’s Winters Compare with London’s Summers?

In a post last week I complained about the cold, and asked Australian Winters: How Cold Can They Get? If you read that article, you will know that I was in Kingscliff in northern New South Wales walking along the beach…

KingscliffAs bright and sunny as it looked though, it was quite a crisp day for Queensland at just 17°C. Today though, it’s time for the tenth part in a very long and exasperating series in which I compare Brisbane’s winters with London’s summer.

Brisbane’s Winter versus London’s summer

It’s been a colossal battle between these two cities so far, and if it were a football match, we would be talking about end to end stuff. Let’s catch up on the story so far.

See what I mean?

Also, if this were a football match, we would never want it to end. It isn’t though, it’s just a blog post, a repeating blog post. It does have to end before it drives me, or you, bonkers.

So last year I decided to call it best out of 11. That means if London wins today, it’s game over for Brisbane. If Brisbane win, we have the decider in 2018.

Given how cold it was around here just a week ago, is not looking good for Brisbane. Let the battle commence.


Just to make it absolutely clear, because it doesn’t on this image, these are weather forecasts taken today, Wednesday, 12 July 2017. It’s a five day forecast from the BBC going through to Sunday the 16th. The various temperatures shown underneath are also for today.

London 5 dayCourtesy of BBC weather

Traditionally, I have taken the temperatures from the closest Wednesday to the middle of the month, but this year that could either be the 12th or the 19th. So this year I think the most sensible date to take is Saturday the 15th, that’s the closest we will get to the middle of winter here and the middle of summer in the UK.

  • So London is set for 24°C in the middle of summer

As a tiebreaker, just in case we need it, we can add up the temperatures for all the other days in this five day forecast, so that’s 22+24+22+25 = 93

  • So London’s tiebreaker score is 93


Brisbane 5 dayCourtesy of Weatherzone

  • So, as you can see, Brisbane is set for 24°C in the middle of winter

Looks like we do need that tiebreaker, who would have thought?

So adding up those numbers for the other days in this five day forecast, we have 21+21+22+22 = 86

So Brisbane’s tiebreaker score is 86

We have an outright winner

So London pinches it by the narrowest of margins. When I first started this contest nine years ago, I fully expected that over time, Brisbane would be the winner. That has not turned out to be the case, victory is with London. Final score:

  • Brisbane 4
  • London 6

And in a best out of 11, as anybody within 11 fingers will tell you, Brisbane can’t win it now. I’m not a bad loser, but…

I would just like to point out that whilst the BBC does a five day forecast, Weatherzone’s forecast was for seven days. Here it is again, but with the two days that I had to chop off from the end back in…

Brisbane 7 dayLook at that! 23°C followed by what would have been a game clinching 26°C on Tuesday! No, I’m not bitter.

I’m pleased the weather in London is good at the moment, especially with Andy Murray making the tennis quarter-finals at Wimbledon to be played today. Let’s hope those threatening showers can manage to stay away from centre court.

Talking of bad losers and Wimbledon…

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  • Aaron July 16, 2017, 11:53 pm |

    Hey Bob, love the blog! But gotta say Brissy always gets the raw end of the deal in this comp, re the week you take it mid July, Brissy is in depths of winter and always 20 or 21deg, and then a week or two earlier or later, gets a warm run like last year it was 29deg in late July! a record. Also lucky London is in the south, as everywhere else the temps over there have barely got above 22! Yes I miss the S.E Qld climate at this time of year, cool nights, but when the sun is out its beautiful!

    • BobinOz July 17, 2017, 7:05 pm |

      Yes, I know, I’ve stacked all the cards in favour of London, and yet look how well Brisbane did in this series. If I’d had chosen any other month in the year then I’m sure Brisbane would have walked it. It would have been like, if I can keep it in line with the end of this post, me playing Federer at tennis.

      London needed all the help it could get, and still only squeaked past the post.

      We get the last laugh though, as you said, next week it will probably be like summer here 🙂

      • Aaron August 10, 2017, 9:48 am |

        Hey Bob if you looking for blog ideas, how about one about Brisbane’s warmest ever winter this year? I keep seeing articles on net about Brisbane’s winter, or lack of it, BuzzFeed etc. Apart from that one week mid July where it’s 20/21, luckily for London, everything is above average? Waiting for all the global warming theorists to come out of woodwork!

        • BobinOz August 10, 2017, 8:57 pm |

          I don’t think the global warming theorists will need much encouragement, going on about it is the best way to secure another grant 🙂

          Apparently it’s going to be a scorcher next week, so yes, maybe I will write a blog about it. Cheers, Bob

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