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13 July 2016 @ 09:05 pm
Three reasons why I don't think I could live in London (although I'd like to)  
1. Today's temperature range for London - 13C - 18C. Today's range for Brisbane - 12C - 20C. Except it's winter here and summer in UK.
2. See #1.
3. See #1.

I do NOT like cold weather and I wonder if it's because I was born in late spring, in the middle of a heat wave? My son was born in early spring but I lived in a freezing cold hole at that time and it was snowing on the day he was born - and cold doesn't bother him at all.

Oh seriously this is how dull my life has been lately, that all I have to talk about is the weather!

I worked from home yesterday as my car was due for a service. Normally I work through till they call to say it's ready then take my lunch break to go and fetch it. Yesterday though they didn't call until 4pm so as I hadn't taken my lunch hour I just logged off for the day. It was like getting an early mark!

When I dropped my car off, the service manager commented that it was in for its nine months/ 15000km service and asked me if I knew the odometer reading; he just laughed when I told him it was 2960km! No, I don't drive it much, how could you tell? *g*
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on July 13th, 2016 11:43 am (UTC)
1) 13-18C is not cold.
2) See #1
3) See #1

:D

I'd take it in a heartbeat if I could escape today's predicted 37.23C + 87% humidity... it's cool(er *g*) for this time of year. But then I wasn't born in Australia.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 14th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Heh. 13 overnight isn't cool, for sure, but for a summer's day 18 is a bit light on. Still, nothing like what you're experiencing - and I just read your entry about the aircon clapping out. Ouch!
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on July 13th, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
FYI: It's 90 F here today. (32.2 C I believe)
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 14th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
Now that's what I call pleasant! Depending on the humidity of course... I've always struggled with that.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on July 14th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the humidity is definitely a thing. And last night a friend talked me into an energetic walk. I came back wringing wet.
miwahnimiwahni on July 18th, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
I can imagine - not pleasant! The worst humidity I experienced was in Bangkok. The humidity was like a physical presence that pressed into you as soon as you stepped outside your hotel.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on July 13th, 2016 12:03 pm (UTC)
I agree with the previous poster :-/

We're supposed to have 29°C (31 with humidex).
And I have to mow the lawn...

It might have to wait!
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 14th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Not ideal for physical exertion that's for sure. Before I found my lawnmowing man I used to get it done right on sundown, when it was starting to cool off a bit.
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on July 14th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
Finally did it around 4pm. It was still too warm, but at least the sun was not so direct :-/

I think I might go looking for someone to do it in my stead : the chore bores me more every year :-(
miwahnimiwahni on July 18th, 2016 11:17 am (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. My neighbour is retired and he is always looking for something to do. I gladly pay him - I used to put the job off as long as I could because I hated doing it so much.
Trepkostrepkos on July 14th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC)
I love warm weather, but my body doesn't seem to tolerate it too well these days - often dehydrates and gives me headaches.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 14th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
That's not fun! Drinking water is key.
byslantedlight: Blue skiesbyslantedlight on July 14th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
Whereas I'd hate your hot and humid weather! A little bit warmer than 13-18C would be nice here for summer, and I have to say that yesterday felt a bit chillier where I was too, but it came up sunshine again last night, so yeay.

What I find funny about temperature right now, is that in the winter, if I got up and my temperature gauge read 19 or less, I'd think ooh, cool enough to put the heating on!, whereas when it reads the same in summer, I'm quite often convinced that I'm perfectly warm and it wouldn't occur to me to want the heating on!

I was born in autumn, and I like cooler, mistier weather - so maybe you've got something with your theory! Also, I was born in autumn in Australia, but over here it's the other side of the seasons that I prefer, even though it's now different weather around my birthday, so... yeah. *g*
miwahnimiwahni on July 18th, 2016 11:20 am (UTC)
It's funny how it's a matter of perspective sometimes. It's a reasonably warm night tonight and I only have a lightweight robe on over my pjs instead of my normal big fluffy, but my feet are bare... I'm quite sure that once I remember it's winter I'll feel the need for slippers regardless of temperature.
freetraveller15: avatar-1freetraveller15 on July 15th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm totally with you :)
I was born in Italy, and for the past 20 years I've lived between London and Rome, and although I love London in many ways (well, that was before Brexit referendum results, but let's not touch that topic), I've never got used to the unpredictability of the weather, especially in summer, when, in most southern European countries incl. Italy, you're entitled to expect, not a couple of weeks if you're lucky, but three-four solid months of non stop good weather... I don't mean 32+ degrees and sunshine every day, but most of the time. In London it is in summer when I'm most depressed: because it's the time of the year when my body and my mind expects and craves warm weather and blue skies... I couldn't care less, tbh, that winters or autumns in London are relatively mild (at least compared to, say, Scandinavian countries, Germany, Canada, most US states), as in snowstorms are relatively rare and short-lived. I just need my summer!!
Ok. Rant over... 😆

It's funny how you see many British people born and bred who, in full stiff upper lip style, don't complain too vocally about the atrocious weather, but then are jumping on the first flight to Spain or Italy as soon as they can, even if just for the weekend. Just look at how expensive are last minute air fares on Friday/Sunday to/from most Mediterranean destinations, compared to mid-week or to other destinations that have not the summer weather 'appeal'...!

P :)
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 18th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh I hear you! I lived for a while in a town on the very edge of the Great Dividing Range, where the rain and mists would blow in suddenly. That one summer I spent there, we had eleven days where it didn't rain, and of those eleven days, six were sunny. I felt cheated of my summer that year!