Victorian schools are currently having their mid-year two week holiday break.
Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so it is winter here. Our blogging buddies in North America and England live in the northern hemisphere, so they are enjoying their long summer vacation.
The image below shows a world map. (Click on the image to see it more clearly). The red line is the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that is drawn around the earth, dividing the two hemispheres.
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All countries above the equator are in the northern hemisphere, while countries below the equator are in the southern hemisphere. Areas that are close to the equator are warmer than other areas.
We live in Victoria, a southern state of Victoria. The days and nights are pretty chilly here at the moment!
Here are some winter facts:
- The winter months in Australia are June, July and August.
- July is generally the coldest month in Melbourne (Victoria’s capital city). The average July temperature in Melbourne is 13.4 degrees.
- On average, Victoria receives about 49mm of rain during each month of winter.
- In Victoria, snow generally only falls in the mountains in the east of the state.
- Victoria’s lowest ever recorded temperature was -11.7 degrees celsius at Omeo in 1965, and then again at Falls Creek in 1970.
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