Whist we are shivering, with snow and ice now hitting the country after the recent floods and more snow and cold winds promised for later in the week, how does this time of year affect other areas of the globe?


Santiago in Chile, is expecting a cloudy day with a risk of showers, but a high of 19 and a humidity of just over 72%. So warm and wet at this time of the year.


In Australia they have a couple of days left before the schools break up for the traditional summer holiday. Instead of thinking about warm jackets, gloves and snow boots they have shorts, t-shirts, sandals and days on the beach at the forefront of their mind, with Christmas thrown in for good measure!! Temperatures in Cairns in Queensland, for example, reaching 32 degrees Celsius today and an expected low tonight of temperature of 24 degrees, but this is expected to increase over the next few weeks.


Areas of the South China Sea have been alert as typhoon Bopha approached the height of its power before fading over the weekend. And we had an area of Japan on a tsunami alert after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast.


We might think its cold at the moment but its positively balmy compared to Whitehorse in the Yukon territory of Canada where they are expecting a high of minus 20 today, with a wind chill making it feel like minus thirty, so a high risk of frostbite. At night this is expected to drop to minus 25 but a lighter wind means this will still only be minus 30 with the wind chill. Definitely a case of wrapping up warm if you venture outside!!


So maybe the British weather isn’t too bad after all, as long as you prepare properly and wrap up warm in a winter jacket - at least it gives us plenty to talk about!