We’re more than a week into June, so I suppose this counts as genuine winter. Nonetheless, it feels much more as if this is just a slightly colder part of autumn. The nights are certainly very cold here now, and we’re getting frequent frosts. But the days are bright, and it’s getting to 18° or 19° by noon as a matter of course.
The farmers are not so happy. It hasn’t rained in approximately two months, and nearby Goulburn apparently has water reserves that are now below 10%. But the city-dwellers with access to big reservoirs welcome the cold, dry brightness, the many oaks still with lots of leaves (some green, many brown), and the generally invigorating conditions. It probably helps that even as the deciduous trees lose their leaves, the eucalypts keep theirs and ensure that there’s still some green about.