This winter had some extreme low and high temperatures.
In 2017 Australia's winter had the highest average daytime temperatures on record. This extreme is 60 times more likely to occur under the influence of greenhouse gas emissions.
Soaring heating costs mean many vulnerable Australians endure cold houses and the associated risks to their health.
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The idea of a hot and sunny land is so baked into our thinking about Australia that we've failed to design and build houses that protect us from the cold.
It might feel nippy, but look out for winter heatwaves.
Australia is looking at another mild winter – but while it sounds pleasant, it can increase bushfire risk and worsen drought. Winter heatwaves are actually (enjoyable) extreme weather events.
Best spot in the house.
You just need to apply some science.
The flu vaccine – which prevents one from getting influenza – changes every year, because it is based on the strains of the virus that presented in the previous year.
Australia’s mountains may be small but each year they deliver enough snow for winter sports.
Australia's snow season is notoriously fickle - so what determines whether we'll get a good fall?
An aerial shot of Tromsø, Norway.
Could a psychological approach alleviate the misery of the cold, dark wet winter?
Are you dreaming of a festive win at the bookies? Here are your chances.
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It might be that teaching people to reframe their thoughts about winter can help them overcome seasonal affective disorder year after year.
The colder months of the year don’t inevitably lead to an expanding waistline.
Time spent indoors during winter provides a good excuse to eat more, and generally indulge. But does the weather really influence what we eat, or is it merely a fig leaf for our inherent gluttony?
Future snows will mostly happen in big falls.
This weekend is predicted to be the coldest of the year in Australia. But it has otherwise been a slow start to the snow season, and my research shows that this is a sign of things to come.
Women often report that they feel colder than men in the same environment.
Fever indicates a problem, but is there anything wrong with feeling excessively cold rather than actually being cold?
With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks.
Snow shoveling during or after a blizzard may be the "perfect storm" for a cardiac event. Doing warm-up exercises beforehand can make it safer.
Stay tuned for my weather report at 11!
On your next stroll through the winter wood, peak under a log and gently brush away the frozen leaves. Beneath, you might find a furry friend you haven’t seen since somewhat warmer days: the woolly bear…
Don’t blame it on the snow.
It’s that time of year again - the end of daylight savings and the beginning of the dark season. While many of us look forward to seasonal festivities, millions can also expect feelings of depression…
They may not cure your cold but they’ll will help you forget your miseries.
Feeling miserable? Is your nose blocked and your throat sore? If not, it will be sometime this winter, probably at least a couple of times. And then someone will probably say at your low ebb that “you…
Climate change is unlikely to offer relief from winter related deaths in England. Past research has connected excess winter…
Keeping the heat in the places you want it is the most important part of any heating plan.
Winter is coming, and all across the southern states eyes turn to energy bills and minds towards how to make them smaller. What is the most efficient way to heat your house? As with anything to do with…
It’s a good job they come with built-in jumpers.
If you are one of the many people with a larger than normal heating bill for recent months, you would probably be under the impression that it has been exceptionally cold in the northern hemisphere. We’ve…
SAD is often undiagnosed as a specific form of depression.
As the days get shorter and we approach winter, many of us have a lowered mood, reduced energy levels and seem to need more sleep. Such seasonal changes in mood and energy are common and most of us adapt…