talking about the weather

The weather is usually a stand-by topic for those awkward moments or small talk, but this Christmas the weather really is news.

Before I turn my computer off for the holidays, I just checked the weather forecast, and the news is that 39 deg C is forecast for Christmas Day, and 40 deg C for Boxing Day. Together with Christmas Eve, if these maximums are reached, then “it will be the hottest three day period since 1915” for Perth, Western Australia.

In the state of NSW, the town of Coonamble is preparing for worsening floods with the expectation that the town will be cut off. And in the US and Canada snowstorms are causing chaos.

The weather is usually such a ‘safe’ topic.

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