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Australian Christmas Weather
Sunshine, surf, cricket, tennis & cool drinks,
what more could anyone want.

Christmas in Australia is within three days of the longest day of the year therefore we have long daylight hours with warm temperatures instead of short days with long cold nights. Of an evening the sound of children playing outdoors drifts across the suburbs.

If you would like to see the latest weather forecast here is a link to the
Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology.  Santa in the pool

While my granddaughter and I were discussing the Australian Christmas summer weather we suddenly decided that although we did not have frost and snow we did have an interest in ice. It is needed on our plates to keep our oysters cold, it is needed to keep our prawns (shrimps) cold and it is needed to keep our drinks cold.

You can have any type of weather for your Christmas in Australia except a white Christmas. However Christmas 2000 saw a light covering of snow on some of the mountain peaks in the island state of Tasmania. So to have a white Christmas you must climb a mountain and then only about every ten years will you actually have a white Christmas.    

Please note that here is no truth in the rumour that Australia changed Jesus' birthday to June so we could celebrate Christmas in winter.

24th December 1974
Cyclone Tracy arrived in Darwin. The cyclone destroyed the town of 40,000 people. Most did not wake up on Christmas morning as they had been awake all night while their home blew away in the strong winds. Cyclones are a product of the summer season.
26th December 2001
Mother nature was up to her tricks again, with temperatures in the low 30's Celsius and strong winds, the state of New South Wales experienced about 70 major bush fires on Christmas Day 2001. About 5,000 fire fighters and other emergency personnel were on duty on Christmas Day with up to 20,000 people being engaged in fire fighting and support services at the height of the blaze which raged for 22 days before rain and calm conditions allowed it to be brought under control.
December 2006
This year the vast majority of the continent of Australia is in the grip of a serious drought. Most major water storage systems are at very low levels and the weather forecasters are not promising any significant rainfall in the coming months, especially in the south of the continent where it is most needed.
December 2006 Lyn, NSW wrote:-

I’ve only been in Australia for 11 years now and I still miss my English Christmas celebrations in the snow / freezing cold!

It is difficult not to feel ‘disappointed’ by the lack of snow, the heat, etc.. in an Ozzie Christmas, but then there are the street parties, having the neighbours over for drinks, the fabulous seafood, the lightshows, the swimming pool, and of course warm feet and fingers!

An Australian "Snowman"
Sand/snow man Here is a snowman built from beach sand. The 'sand-man' is wearing a broad brimmed hat for protection from the sun. The red and white scarf and the carrot nose indicate the link to the traditional snowman. More details

Trees & flowers

The lush spring growth of our lawns has slowed so we don't need to mow them as frequently where as the northern hemisphere is shovelling more and more snow.

Plants grown in Australia flower at various time throughout the year. Thus at Christmas we have many flowers in our gardens and the bush in contrast to the bare trees and gardens of the northern hemisphere. Some of the spectacular plants are shown.

Christmas Bells
Christmas bells
Christmas bush
New South Wales
Christmas bush
Western Australian
Western Australian
Christmas tree
Illawarra Flame tree
Illawarra Flame tree
Jacaranda tree
Jacaranda tree
Christmas tree
Western Australia
Christmas Tree

Insects

Christmas Beetle

Received an email 30 November 2005 : "one of the other biggies of Christmas is the sound of cicadas on a hot day, all part of the process of growing up in a hot climate.
A cicadas according to my dictionary is "Stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone."


Christmas beetles are large (20-30 mm long). They are known as Christmas beetles because they are abundant in both urban and rural areas close to Christmas.