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  1. Today in Devonport we have a cloudless blue sky, no wind at all and it's 25C.
  2. Well obviously its Australia, not surprised the UK was down the list...... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-24/spain-tops-italy-as-world-s-healthiest-nation-while-u-s-slips
  3. elderberry

    Freezing in Melbourne

    This is my second winter in Australia and although Melbourne is generally a great place to live, the winter is hard going! Is it me or is this year colder than last year? I'm not sure I could cope being in the UK over winter now
  4. Guest

    What's Brisbane really like?

    So we're now moving to Brisbane due to work. Bit of an abrupt change of plans but all good. Clothes wise - I've heard a lot it's humid all year round with a slight dip in 'winter' months. I take it we won't be needing any suit jackets/work wool tops/jumpers/stockings? Bedding - no duvets? Also, I'll have a read through the Brisbane section, however any advice about nice family friendly areas to live that are no more than 45 min commutable (by train/bus) would be appreciated. All advice appreciated, thanks.
  5. bustamove

    Weather in Bristol

    Hi everyone, I've been reading posts on here for over a year about moving back to the UK. So much useful advice, but I'm still unsure about a few things and hope you wonderful people can help guide my decision. My partner and I moved to Melbourne for 1 year 8 years ago. He's from Melbs; his dad was dying at the time. We thought. He's still here and doing ok. We now have two kids (6 and 8) and I really want to move back to the UK. My family are all there. I'm really close to them. My mum and dad are in their late 70s and missing out on getting to know my kids. (We've been home twice). My brother and sister now have kids of their own, who we'd love to get to know. I love my Aussie family and friends, have a bloody lovely life here, but don't want to be here forever. Oh, and can't afford a house where we live. No willing to move further out. Would prefer to start over in the UK. Hubby is all for it. He loves Europe. I was the one who had to convince him to live in Oz for a while when his dad got sick. I figure now is a good time to move back as my kids are young enough to be able to slip into life in a new school and new community. My DH and I, however, are scared we'll find it difficult to fit into a new community. BUT, the longer we stay here the harder it will be to move back. And after reading so many posts about families with older children being split - it's not something I want to even contemplate. Our main problem is where to live. We used to live in London, but neither of us want to do that again. We're seriously thinking of Bristol. We could afford a good home there in a good area near decent schools. My main issue is the weather. I know, I know, there are lots of people who don't think that should matter, but it does to me. I grew up in Northern Ireland where it rains pretty much all year and I was miserable. Couldn't wait to leave. I've heard it rains just as much in Bristol. Anyone in the know who could verify this, or not. Bristol seems like a mini Melbourne. It's got good cafes. restaurants, festivals and museums; the vibrant lifestyle we're looking for. We're not good with suburbia. We also need to live somewhere that's easy to fly to N Ireland and less than two hours driving time to Dorset (where my sister lives). Jobs are important too. DH is in IT and I'm in publishing so figure Bristol is a good option. As I said, it's just the idea that it will rain so much puts me off. Please Bristolians, tell me I've no idea what I'm talking about and the weather is just fine and dandy! (Our other options for a place to live would be Oxford or Cambridge... open to hearing what they're like too).
  6. PityTheFool

    Brisbane Climate

    Hi all, Could someone please explain to me the climate in Brisbane / Sunshine Coast? Often hear about the humidity, the huge hail stones and obviously the heat, I know it's a sub-tropical climate but I don't really know what this means on a day to day basis. Is it hot in summer with torrential rain for 30 mins and then dry within the hour? Is the winter better than the summer? Are there only two seasons? What are typical temperatures? Questions, questions, questions... I've seen all the weather data on various websites but I don't think that paints a true picture, would love to hear from people that actually live, or have lived there.
  7. PityTheFool

    Melbourne - One year in

    Started this as a reply to another thread but it became a vent so though it best to start a new thread! Anyway, we moved to Melbourne a year ago from England (East Midlands) and are not sure we chose the right place, here's why; The weather is pretty bad, summer was nice but not for long, the was a week of 40+ which was a shock to the system but other than that it's been pretty poor. I'd say in the last year there has been prob 2 months that had the weather we expected, the rest of the time it's been very similar to England just not as cold. Saying that it's colder at night coz the houses just aren't insulated like in the uk, if it's cold outside it's cold inside!! Based on my experience the work situation is very bad! (I'm an electrical engineer). Very, very small industry and almost impossible to crack - I was refused one interview because I was from England!! Everyone wants local experience but no one wants to get you the chance to get any. Melbourne may be big but everybody knows everybody, not what I expected and very different to the UK, very much who you know not what you know!! Work life balance, what's that all about, Aussies are very happy to work all week and in some cases the weekend, 12 hour days are normal and in most cases necessary to cope with the workload they expect you to handle. Beaches - nice but nothing special. Our favourite is Mt Martha which is very nice, although I'm sure there are far better around Oz, well, I know there are coz we've been to some of them. People - not as friendly as we'd have hoped. We are 33 and 30 with two boys 8 and 7, being young with children of our age is pretty much unheard of in Melbourne, people in the city are either single or couples without children, however they are the same age as me and my wife. The vast majority if the parents at our boys' school are mid to late 40's, with children the same age as ours. Not saying this is a bad thing, just very different for the UK, generally speaking Aussies don't have children in their early to mid twenties like people do in the Uk. I commute an hour each way to work on the trains - which are shocking!! I thought public transport in the UK was unreliable, this takes the biscuit!! Melbourne is great for sport. Our boys love the AFL, which is far more accessible to the average family than English football, a family ticket to a big game at the MCG is $50, about £25-30!! The boys play way more sport here than they ever did in England, especially basketball which they love. In terms of money; cost of living is higher but then so are salaries (although they make you work for it!) we are far better off now than we were in England. We don't have to be careful with money like we did in England and still have some left over for savings. The outdoors is amazing, national parks, wildlife, etc. I'll never get bored of seeing kangaroos and koalas!! The prob with Melbourne is it's always to cold or raining to enjoy it!! our experience hasn't been all negative, just not as expected. Would we go back to England - no definitely not (despite the above Australia is much better), would we conserved anywhere else in Oz - definitely! We've started to discuss other cities, possibly Brisbane but the boys and their experience, i.e. changing schools too often is a big concern, we feel we can prob get away with one more move so who knows!! Anyway commute over....comments / experiences would be appreciated....
  8. Can anyone tell me how Queensland will feel weather wise? I am moving their from Sydney this week and im scared about the humidity people talk about! I went to Dubai in July and i absolutely hated it beacuse of the humidity, i couldnt do anyting, i coudnt see, breath, move, nothing lol..is it as bad as this in Queensland...further up past Brisbane? Would having a pool to jump into help?..will i get used to it..or will it be a reason to leave??
  9. Del70

    Cold - so put heating on......

    Ok - It's mid June - I'm wearing jeans and jumper with lots of layers underneath - still cold - have relented and put the central heating on. :sad:
  10. Nice to see what members are experiencing. Brum today. Is 18c but seems warmer, nice and sunny with broken cloud, pity I am working :mad: would love to be playing golf.
  11. I'm moving to Sydney in 3 weeks and I've had so many mixed messages about the weather, wondering what to pack vs. what to ship. Shipping crate is not arriving for a good six weeks after I arrive so all proper Summer stuff is going in there obviously, I am more concerned about how Wintery what I bring in my case needs to be. I've heard it's still around 20 degrees, which is warmer than here right now, but I suppose that could dramatically change in the next two months? Also more importantly than what I'm going to wear for the next 10 weeks, are there any people moving or have moved alone to Sydney. I'm moving to take up a job as a Fashion Buyer, I know a couple of people but would love to hear tips and experiences from people in the same boat. A lot of the threads here seem to relate to families and couples. Thanks :biggrin:
  12. hi all i have been looking to see what the climate is like in western australia as it looks as though that is where we will be aiming for ,...i suffer with S.A.D so i am a real sunseeker,.....can anyone share any info with me please??
  13. Hi there, Would any of you be able to tell me which place has the better weather - Is it Sydney or is it Melbourne? The key reason for me migrating is the weather. I have an autoimmune condition that gets better in the sun. Saying that I dont like extreme hot weather as in Perth or sweaty weather as in the tropics. So I narrowed down to Sydney and melbourne. I really dont know much about the weather in these two places except that it wouldnt be as hot as in perth. Would be very grateful if any of you could shed some light about the weather where you live and why you like it there. many thanks in advance.
  14. kellyjamie

    melbourne weather, the truth??

    Hi all can someone (preferably living in melbourne) tell me what the weather is really like? is it as bad as people say? as the weather in oz is obviously one of the main points for our emigration. we were looking at melbourne until all the awful reports of weather! tho every time you see neighbours its blistering sun!!:wub::wacko: thanx x
  15. Cold, and wet every day, almost need to get my hot water bottle out again. Is this down to global warming. Let's hope Julia's carbon tax kicks in soon.
  16. legoman

    What The! perth weather

    whats happening with the weather today, i wonder if its me causing it lol, thunder lightening heavy rain chilly, I asked for the humidity to ease but this was ott :eek:
  17. Guest


    where are the cooler places to live in oz :v_SPIN:
  18. Hi all, got a job offer to be based in Mackay, that i am 99% going to take but after abit of advice about the areas: - What is the weather like? how hot, how cold, rain?? what clothes do i need to bring over? - What are day light hours like? nice long nights? dark at 4:30? - Whats sort of insects, spiders, snake do you get in this region and how likely to come across these? - Nice beaches? - Any golf courses? - any local football (soccer)? - how expensve is fuel (petrol etc) - what would be a good area to live for single 30 year old bloke any other advice or helpful tips from people who have recently moved would be appreciated
  19. winkle100

    Perth weather

    We fly to Perth on Friday and was just wondering what the weather is like at the moment? We're a little unsure what to pack- any ideas anyone? Ta Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Guest

    How nice is this weather!

    In true local style - "How nice is this weather today!" Sod the job application I am supposed to be finishing this morning I'm off out. A bit of op shop browsing, then a walk along the sea front is in order. I'm also supposed to be buying a summer quilt as its getting a bit too hot under our winter duvet. After years of living in the sun I thought the hardest part for me would be getting used to the awful weather. From my so far very limited experience of Melbourne I am beginning to think that people say the weather is awful here in order to keep the masses away. :yes: Mind you it did take an hour to get the knots out of my hair after a really blowy day the other day :laugh: and my washing didn't dry on Monday cos of the rain... Gosh I am enjoying Melbourne!
  21. The Pom Queen

    Storms causing Chaos in Brisbane

    A MOTORIST has been killed when a tree fell on a car during a severe hailstorm in Brisbane's south. Police say the car was parked by the side of the road in the suburb of Hillcrest when a tree fell on it about 3.15pm (AEST), as a severe storm tore through the area. The sole occupant of the car died at the scene. The storm lashed Brisbane's southern suburbs, dumping 3cm of hail at Springfield and 2cm of hail at Forest Lake, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported. In Parkinson, two homes had to be evacuated after they became flooded, a tree fell on the rear of a property, and several roofs collapsed, the Department of Community Safety said. No injuries have been reported. More storms could be on the way, with the BOM issuing a severe thunderstorm warning at 6.40pm (AEST) for Logan, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim area, with damaging wind, flash flooding and large hailstones likely. The State Emergency Service is responding to 40 calls for assistance, mostly at Parkinson and nearby Hillcrest and Daisy Hill, the department's spokeswoman said. Police have reported local flooding at nearby Larapinta and are urging motorists to stay out of floodwaters. In Brisbane's inner city, a bus hit a pedestrian in heavy rain at Milton and a man has been taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with a head injury.
  22. The Pom Queen

    Weather Alerts and Updates

    I thought I would start this thread so that all the weather alerts, warnings etc can be found quickly if required. I am sure there are others I have missed off so please feel free to add to them. Victoria For Fires - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_summary.htm Weather - http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings Queensland Fires: http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/ http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings WA Fire: http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings SA Fires: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp Fires: http://www.mfs.sa.gov.au Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/warnings NSW Fires: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=683 Fires: http://www.nswfb.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=202 Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ NT Fires: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/fire-and-rescue.aspx Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/
  23. The Pom Queen

    Weather in Cairns

    It's currently 10.45 am and only 36.9:cool:
  24. Tasmanian weather set to get wild. (During the next century anyway) TASMANIANS can expect more intense rainfall episodes and more hot days and warm nights as the climate changes throughout this century, a new report out yesterday shows. The Climates Futures for Tasmania technical report on extreme events found that the effects of climate change on weather will vary depending on the region. "Extremely wet days will increase in the South-West and North-East, averaging up to seven days per year, which is about a 25 per cent increase," said the report's lead author, Chris White. However, the number of rainy days across the state is expected to decrease, with the greatest decline in the North-West. Dr White said hot summer days and heatwaves would get more frequent. "The number of summer days [warmer than 25C] is projected to double or triple in some regions. Some areas of Tasmania will get 40 additional summer days a year by the end of the century." The Climate Futures for Tasmania project, managed by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, is the State Government's most important source of climate change information at a local scale. Climate Change Minister Cassy O'Connor said the project was crucial. "The report outlines projections for extreme tide and sea-level events, severe wind gusts in a changing climate, and flooding in Tasmanian rivers," she said. "The report also includes information on coastal vulnerabilities and projected climate-change impacts on infrastructure, which is all essential information to be used for sea-level rise inundation mapping and in regional planning by local government." The report can be found at www.climatechange. tas.gov.au
  25. The Pom Queen

    Weather in Cairns

    Ok todays weather, at 10.30am it was 36 degrees up here in the hills.