Monday, May 16, 2011

A tale of two coldings

Sydney's western suburbs woke to temperatures below freezing today as the run of extremely cold mornings continued across much of south-eastern Australia. The past two mornings in Sydney (measured at Observatory Hill) have fallen to just 7 degrees, the coldest conditions since last winter. The average minimum temperature so far this month in Sydney is running at 10.5°C, one degree below the May average.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, everybody has seen this of course. But never fear. The Daily Fail is telling us we are about to have a heatwave, with May promising to be the warmest in 350 years. We sincerely hope that is the case. After a cold wet weekend, and a chilly breeze today, the central hating is back on.

Needless to say, the clown Spelman is meeting with members of the water industry body Water UK, the National Farmers' Union, the Environment Agency and Natural England, to talk about "water shortages". What they will not be talking about, though, is how the industry has pissed billions up against the wall without guaranteeing us a continuous water supply.

But hey! It's all global warming folks. You know it makes sense to blame that - it gets everybody off the hook.