Friday, December 14, 2012

Melbourne Temperature

Last Thursday, 38 degrees, 100F.

Today (5th) 18 degrees, 64F.

Saturday, 37, 98F.

For those of you who don't live in Melbourne, when the wind blows from the north, it brings superheated warm air from the inland central desert area of Australia. It is a bone dry and searing heat and is usually accompanied by nasty and dirty wind and that is when we have bad bush fires.

The pattern usually starts with a nice sunny day, the next day gets quite hot, maybe 30 degrees and the following day the hot northerly wind arrives, followed not too long after, a day or two mid summer,  by a cool southerly wind and the temperature drops right back.

This applies to Melbourne in the south of our state of Victoria. It is hotter in the north of the state. The weather works much the same for Tasmania, although being further south, it is a little cooler there.

It also applies to to a lesser extent to Adelaide in South Australia, but other states and their capital cities have quite different weather patterns.

Sydney never gets quite as hot as Melbourne, It is more humid and has a higher rainfall than Melbourne. Its far western suburbs can have a very different temperatures to Sydney City and the salubrious eastern suburbs. There are exceptions, but Sydney weather is often the opposite to Melbourne's weather

PS This is a bit old, like two weeks. The weather remains as variable as ever.

23 comments:

  1. I think I would rather the dry heat than the wet heat of the Northern tropics of Queensland. 31c in Cairns feels like 40c!

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    1. But Thomas, I thought you loved Queensland? Surely you must love its weather too.

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    2. I do, it has its moments though:) lol

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  2. Yesterday's temperature here in Adelaide was 38.7, far too hot in my opinion. If I could only find that hidden dial, I'd turn it way back to 25C. Of course that won't suit everybody, many people like it hot, white hot. At least it is dry heat, humidity just about kills me.

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    1. I agree about the dry heat River. It is much easier to tolerate. Get your block of ice when the Ice Man Cometh to put in front of your fan.

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  3. Colin6:27 pm

    Thomas is 100% correct. Dry heat is draining, tropical heat is bloody horrific. Some people may like saunas, I don't. I'll take the dry heat anyday. River's comment on Adelaide, well that city is not far behind Melbourne in the dry heat stakes. I was there in the 1970's and the roads were melting - black "goo" everywhere. Thank God for pools at hotels and air con.
    Everyone knows that Melbourne is the World's Capital of having 4 seasons in a day. Hardly news, Mate, for Aussies.
    My God, even the sporting events in Melbourne, have to put up with these strange weather patterns, the Melbourne Cup day is a good example. Starts fine, then rain, then fine, again sunny, next thunderstorms then freezing and so it goes on. Messes up such events as the famous "Fashions on the Field competitions".
    Ah yes, Melbourne can dish out strange weather at the drop of a hat - ha ha!

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    1. But Colin, you choose to live in a humid climate. Please explain.

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    2. Colin8:00 am

      That's an easy one. I can't stand the cold! Even the mildist winters up here compared to the Southern cities, are times I detest.
      And to think in my younger days, I loved skiing(snow)!!!??????
      The steamy summmer day humidity is OK, it is the nights that are hard to tolerate, the joys of advancing in age - ha ha!

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  4. Thats why I like Brisbane weather. It is mostly constant. Occasionally very hot and very cold. Melbourne has other advantages, shopping for one.

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    1. Diane, I was about 19 and I stayed in Gympie for a week. I suppose it was summer. I nearly died from the weather and cane toad fright.

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  5. I pay my taxes.
    I expect reliable summer weather in summer!

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    1. Colin8:33 pm

      Good one Hels!
      I have never associated taxes and weather, maybe the Melbourne mob don't pay their taxes - ha ha!

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    2. Hels, if you expect reliable summer weather, why live in Melbourne?

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  6. I think my body's going to go into shock when I turn up at the ungodly hour of 2am on Monday!

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    1. Lordy Kath. You are on that flight, the same as R's sister is coming on in May. How are we going to pick someone up from the airport at 2am? Sleep first or stay up and sleep late? It matters less to you as your body clock will be screwed anyway. Long way to come for three nights????

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  7. Perth's weather can be a bit dodgy at times too, we have the extremes of 20C one day and 35C the next, we also have humid and dry. I prefer the dry but have discovered since being here that there's no amount of complaining is going to change it so I just .....keep complaining haha!

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    1. Grace, life would be boring without weather to complain about.

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  8. Yep, never a dull moment.

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    1. And wasn't it a bit weird yesterday, Windsmoke.

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  9. Those sea breezes that give Sydney (the eastern section, at least) its humid weather also ensure that we mostly don't get those searing summer temperatures that Sydney's western suburbs suffer.

    Routinely the difference in the daily maximum summer temperatures between the two 'parts' of Sydney is in the range 8 to 15 degrees.

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    1. Victor, it is quite an extraordinary difference.

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  10. aaah I wish the heat would just stick around. I'm over these half arsed days. Today's weather is just plain confusing.

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    1. I just wish it would stay cool. Yes, today is very odd.

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