It seems that 2014 has started off with some crazy weather in several different parts of the world.
Here, we are sweltering in record high temperatures.
Luckily, here in Queensland, we don't suffer much from the dreadful bushfires that plague the southern states though as I write this there is a large fire burning on Stradbroke Island causing havok and evacuations of the large number of families holidaying there.
It is Summer holiday time here so many people are staying at the beach where they can at least swim in pools and the ocean to cool down ( being ever careful not to get too sunburnt ).
The rest of us stay inside our airconditioned homes,
or spend the day in airconditioned shopping centres,
or go to the movies ( air-con there too !!),
photo from The Sunday Mail
or the local public pool where the water temperature has risen to luke warm.
Outside, the air feels like it is on fire as a hot wind is blowing too.
However on the other side of the globe in the Northern Hemisphere the USA is experiencing huge snow storms
I have no understanding of weather this cold but realise the dangers it can present with trying to get warm and stay safe.
Many parts of the UK, especially parts of Wales and the South of England, are suffering flooding and storm damage from huge seas .
I can't imagine how awful it must be to cope with being flooded when it is also freezing cold.
So not a good start to the year for many people.
Hope where ever you are,
you are safe and sound.