It looks clear there will be no Christmas heat wave of any significance this Christmas. Here is the BoM prediction – Heatwave expected to hit one-third of Australia over Christmas – If you check forecasts for your region of SE Australia you can see what an utter dud the BoM is.
I am calling for reports on how this is going – buckled railway lines – whatever. Can people please call in temperatures in their regions, thanks. You can check maximum temperature anomalies for past days or weeks etc here.
[The BOM's assistant director of weather services, Alasdair Hainsworth, says the heatwave could last for about a week.
"Unfortunately it is going to be be a fairly protracted period of hot weather," he said.
"Maybe in some of the coastal locations it won't be quite so protracted, but over inland parts of south-eastern and eastern Australia, I think we are looking at around about a week's worth of very hot weather."
Mr Hainsworth warns that Christmas travel plans may be disrupted.]
I am offering a prize for the first report of buckled railway line up to and including Friday 27 Dec – the BoM Memorial Sixpack of Aldi White Wine – winner can choose any variety up to $5 per bottle, you can collect at your nearest ALDI.