The Dry season arrives

As I have said before, our seasons do not match the four we inherited from our European ancestors but switch – sometimes very quickly – between hot and wet and cool(er) and dry. This year they switched in the first few days of May.

Temperatures have continued their slow slide. Daytime maximums haven’t dropped much and are still in the high twenties but clear skies are letting all the daytime warmth escape at night and our overnight lows have dropped from the low twenties (19C on April 29 was the lowest for the month) to 16 and 17C.

More dramatically, humidity has dropped like the proverbial stone. The BoM records Relative Humidity at 9am and 3pm, and in April the averages were 70% and 64% respectively, while the readings on the driest days were 58% and 52%. In the first two days of May the readings were still 77 and 74% in the mornings, and 66 and 68% in the afternoons. Then came the drop: over the weekend (May 3 and 4), we had 30% both mornings and 24 and 25% in the afternoons. The cat has developed a sudden passion for the warmth of our laps, but stroking him is (literally) shocking – sparks fly off.

We can now look forward to six or seven months of weather which by most folks’ standards is drop-dead gorgeous, with clear blue skies day after day. Gardeners know that the watering routine has to step up while farmers, of course, have to plan to conserve whatever water they now have, since they won’t get much more until the next Wet arrives in November or December.

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