How to survive the heat of summer in Melbourne
A hot day is a good day to try a new recipe for a quick breakfast, with Melbourne’s weather forecast for July being the hottest in Melbourne’s modern history.
It will be the hottest July in Australia’s history, which is a fact that is not lost on many locals.
While the temperature will be cool in the afternoon, with temperatures likely to fall to -5C or -6C, the city will be full of heat in the evening and even with the cooler conditions, it’s not a good idea to make anything from scratch.
“I think we’ve all got this idea that summer is the time when you can cook and be comfortable with a hot meal and a hot bowl of tea and a cold beer,” Dr Daniel Firth, from the University of Melbourne’s School of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, told ABC News Breakfast.
“But that’s just not true.
Summer is a really long, hot, long, cold summer, and there’s no reason to cook and not eat.”
Dr Firth said that summertime food preparation is all about preparation and timing, and that the timing of cooking was crucial.
“In the summer, you want to cook in the morning, so you have something hot, you have a cold bowl of soup, you’re making a meal,” he said.
“You want to do something really simple, like making soup, which takes about 30 minutes.”
If you can’t make it to work, you’ll need to get out of town to cook your breakfast or dinner Dr Fudd said you need to prepare a lot of things ahead of time.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s a lot more time to prepare for the summer and then there’s more time for the winter,” he added.
“So it’s just the way the seasons work out.
You’ve got to get a lot out of it.”
Here are some of the most popular summertime recipes, and the locations where you can try them.