Australia is a big country. It is also a continent on its own. It is fatter than it is taller, but still north to south is quite a distance. It takes four days to drive from the east coast to the west coast and I would guess about three days to drive south to north. That may impress or distress Europeans but probably not North Americans. They would understand distances. Nevertheless, in spite of Americans understanding distances in their country, the answer to the question, if I am staying in Sydney, can I visit my friend in Perth for lunch and be back in Sydney for dinner? We have hired a car. The answer is no. Think New York to LA and then some more.
It would be close to 4000 kilometres from Hobart in the south to the northern tip of Australia, about 2500 miles. That is a long way.
The north of Australia in tropical, hot and humid in summer and still mildly hot and humid in the winter and the monsoon rains arrive each year where humidity beforehand is extremely high and there is tension in the air and people are driven mad, well they were before air conditioning, and then it breaks and down comes the rain, the wet season. The build up sees spectacular storms with brilliant lightening. The wet season sees a deluge of rain, flooding and rejoicing by farmers that the rain has arrived, or occasionally not. Nothing to do with global warming though.
To the extreme south, the city of Hobart in the Australian island state of Tasmania, it is a cool temperate climate, not so different to where I live in Melbourne. Hobart is a bit cooler than here, a bit wetter and not quite as hot in summer.
So, you now know Australia is a big country and has very different climates, north to south. What I don't get is why no where in Australia do we have the awful weather of Japan or New York? Japan, hot and humid in the summer and snow and cold in the winter. New York, the same. Hobart is very south, next stop Antarctica but it must be about latitudes, so I must educate myself. You can come along too.
New York is latitude 40.7 degrees north. Tokyo is 35.7 degrees north. I will average that to 38 and see where 38 degrees south in Australia is. I am a bit stymied by a clothing company called 38south.
Mein Gott. I had truly had no idea. The 38th southern parallel runs through greater Melbourne just a few kilometres south of us. So why is our weather not like New York or Japan's? Melbourne is as far south of the equator as Japan and New York are north of equator.
I am in shock. The parallels are not equal? I am going to cop out here and ask you. Please explain why the weather is so different at about the same distances from the equator.