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…
As 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.
- 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
- 2015: London win; 3-5
- 2016: Brisbane win; 4-5
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.
Courtesy 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
Courtesy 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…
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…