OUR SAY: Endless summer continues

AT THIS time last year I had bought the first load of firewood for the winter, and the fireplace was already pumping out its welcoming warmth.

This year I'm still walking around at night in t-shirt and shorts and with the windows open to keep things cool.

There is little sign of 2016's endless summer (to use the title of the great 1960s surfing movie) coming to its finish.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more rain than normal this winter, but from a temperature standpoint it is unlikely to be a winter to remember.

At the moment it certainly couldn't be any more different to last year when at this time we had some torrential rain and then not too far down the track was the frozen weekend when Valley residents headed for the hills to enjoy a rare winter snowfall.

The fact it is distinctly warmer so far this autumn than last year is no more than an indication of the variability of weather.

There has been some suggestions it is an effect of climate change, and maybe it is, but on its own a long, hot summer is no firm indication of such a development.

Still, if the warm spell continues through much of the upcoming federal election it might add fuel to the arguments of those advocating more action to reduce greenhouse gases.



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