Its long been a tradition on this blog to compare the weather between London and Brisbane right in the middle of the Australian winter and, therefore, slap bang at the height of the English summer.
This tradition dates way way back to…….. ahem… last year. Well, my blog is not yet two years old, give me a chance. If I do it two years on the trot, surely I have the right to call it a tradition?
Anyway, although it is a tradition here, I haven’t always got it right.
The first time I did it was in a post where I revealed everything you ever wanted to know about lights, heavies, mids and schooners. I posted it on 7 August last year and I ended it with my London Brisbane mid winter weather comparison.
But August is not the middle of winter here and neither is it the height of summer in England. The middle of July is. So, about now. I realised that when I did my post about the four seasons in Australia in April of this year.
So, what’s the weather like here now and how does it compare with how the weather is back in London. Let’s ask Google….
I can actually tell you that where I was in Brisbane, yesterday the temperature peaked at 24° C. It was a glorious day. Obviously I’m back in shorts and T-shirt again. Today, it was a fair bit cooler as the winds change direction and we were hit by the westerlies. Ooooh, dropped as low as 20°C out here in the sticks. Cooler, but still shorts weather.
It wasn’t a perfect winter’s day though, a menacing cloud hovered nearby…….
But, according to Pete, a seasoned Aussie, the early arrival of the westerlies is good news. They don’t normally hit until August, so as they have arrived ahead of schedule it could be signalling an earlier end to this year’s winter here. They turned up early last year, and by 24th August, (still winter time here) we had temperatures hitting 36°C.
But you may also recall that I went up to Mooloolaba in the middle of July (around the 13th) last year and came back with some fantastic pictures of an Australian winter.
So as you can see, last year was a very short winter indeed, cramming itself in somewhere after the middle of July and ending way before the end of August. And now it looks like this years winter could be ending soon too.
Crikey mate, it’s only just begun!