That saying - or words to that effect - is a saying I recall from my childhood. It wasn't really intended as a comment on climate in those days; rather it was one of those popular truisms used in general conversation. Nowadays that saying seems more significant than a mere truism and a reflection on our Governments that appear more sanguine about climate issues than is the case elsewhere.
I believe that the month just ended was Sydney's hottest October on record. If yesterday is an example then November 2014 may be headed to the same record. Yesterday's first day of the month reached a fairly blistering 37ºc (98.6ºf) highlighted late afternoon by an old fashioned Sydney southerly 'buster' (well, south-westerly buster) which brought thunder, lightening and rain all of which passed over the city in less than twenty minutes to be replaced a brilliantly clear blue sky and more comfortable temperatures.
This morning is far cooler thankfully. The world as viewed from my apartment this morning looks very inviting. Here are a a couple of snaps.