Awoke to yet another red sunrise with altocumulus cover and a reminder of smoke from the threatening bushfires. Very dry and hot as well - it got to 41C at nearby Penrith and today still anticipated to reach near 40 - well 38C is near enough. Actually Michael, was there convection nearby or near Dorrigo? This ridge has a real strong hold and creating only elevated convection and a few light showers.

I guess the whole mood represents the funeral service I am attending today. My close friend Roger, who was very influential in introducing my first weather meeting, passed away last Friday after a long battle with cancer.