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The Pom Queen posted a topic in VictoriaWe have had a few expats who have moved over this winter and have really struggled to cope with the weather, saying its wet and cold like the UK, for some it is making it hard for them to settle and along with other reasons they consider going back. I keep saying wait for summer and you will then be complaining it is too hot, this has already happened with the families who we brought over 12 months ago who have lived through a summer. They are now saying "thank goodness it is raining, we need the rain". LOL:biggrin: I like Melbournes weather, I admit it has been a cold and wet September and I am sure I read it had been the wettest in 9 years, but lets hope it means that the water restrictions stay at Level 3A and don't go up to 4. Although after reading todays article it looks like 50 degree days will soon be the norm:chatterbox: 50C days forecast for Victoria | Herald Sun DUST storms, even less rain and temperatures of 50C may become common in Victoria by the end of the decade. And temperatures could rise by 6C in the second half of the century. Experts warned extreme weather conditions could become the norm for the state and leave people with "nowhere to hide". Forecaster Dennis Luke said Victorians should prepare to swelter this summer. "My research shows that it is quite possible that we will experience a 50C day this summer," he said. "And those days could become frequent by the end of the decade." University of Melbourne earth scientist Prof Ian Simmonds agreed, saying moisture-thick hot air was accumulating in the tropics before moving to Victoria. "As the planet gets warmer, air (in the tropics) can hold more moisture. It means more heat is getting into the atmosphere and moving down to Victoria," Prof Simmonds said. "I won't be here to see the worst of it, but it is frightening and there'll be nowhere to hide." A study by US climate experts at international agency National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicted dust storms in eastern Australia, similar to those from the late 1950s to early 1970s, could become common. British climate experts earlier predicted rainfall would decline by at least a fifth along Australia's coastline. Prof Simmonds said that would be partly because of drying conditions and increased strong winds. Damien Lawson, of Friends of the Earth Australia, said governments must stop supporting dirty coal and shift investment to clean renewable energy. "The science is clear. We are moving towards desert conditions in the southeast of Australia unless we act to halt global warming," he said.