The Changing of the Seasons
When we first arrive in the UK it will be mid-September. After a morning flight into London Heathrow we’ll head straight up to Edinburgh, Scotland via a short flight, arriving sometime after 2pm. It will be the start of Autumn in the UK with an expected overnight low of about 7ºC.
Not too bad really. When we left the Gold Coast, Australia the day before, it was the start of Spring; with an average daytime temp of 20ºC and an overnight low of about 12ºC.
The differences between the seasons: UK versus Australia
Edinburgh (Scotland) and Canberra (Australia) are two of the cooler cities in the UK and Australia respectively. We lived in Canberra for about 15 years and consider it our training ground for the cold weather of the North of the UK (the best we could do anyway).
We’ll feel the real difference in temperature about three months later when we experience our first UK Christmas. Hopefully a white Christmas.
Our first Christmas in the UK
Back in Australia, it will be the start of Summer. The locals will be moving sluggishly around in sarongs; breathing like fish out of water and cursing the sweltering 40ºC heat with near 100% humidity that threatens to melt the cream on their Pavlovas.
In Edinburgh (135m / 443ft), we’ll be seeing snow (hopefully), and chilling out with temps between 0ºC and 7ºC; while sipping away on some yuletide spirits of the amber nature. [We’ll update this post with what really happened!]
We suspect the weather won’t freak us out as much as most Aussies, as we lived in Canberra (577m / 1,893ft), Australia’s capital city – for more than 12 years. Minimum temperatures in Canberra for 6-9 months of the year typically ranged from -10ºC to 0ºC. It hardly ever snowed. It was just bitterly cold. The Brits who visited/lived there used to complain about how cold it was!
As a family, we’ve probably only spent a total of one week in snow country when it was snowing, in and around Thredbo and Mt Kosciusko (2,228m / 7,310ft) – Australia’s highest peak. It will be really interesting to compare our snow pics.
A few of our Australian snow pics…
Transport in the UK
We’ll probably hire a car when we arrive for the first few weeks to help us get settled into permanent rental accommodation and school. After that, we’ll likely rely on public transport and walking.
I gather that winter time is not really a time for driving a car.
Sources: Weather data