Is it Climate change … or is it just … hot ?!
Amid the talk of global climate change a look at Sydney’s rising temperatures confirm that in recent years it’s been getting hotter !
[NB when reading this don’t forget that December, January and February are the summer months in Australia; also that temperatures are Celsius (19 degrees Celsius is equivalent to 66 degrees Fahrenheit; 27 degrees Celsius is equivalent to 81 degrees Fahrenheit ]
As the two charts above suggest, in 2017 average temperatures for the summer months were well above their long-term averages both overnight, and during the day. This continues the trend of recent years.
The same is true, but to a lesser extent, for Melbourne and Brisbane.
What does this mean for those relocating to Sydney ?
Of course it is not possible to predict what will happen in future years. However as a precaution transferees would probably be wise to try to ensure their accommodation has air conditioning in bedrooms and the main living areas, or seek housing constructed of materials that provide greater insulation.
The impact of air conditioning on utility costs can be significant, particularly as electricity prices have increased significantly in recent years. This is one of the reasons for rapid growth in the number of residential homes with solar panels installed.