Predicting Australian Weather
Australia is a large country and therefore there is a great variance in climate between the north and the south of the country. The northern parts seem to be more tropical and humid while the southern areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate. The inland, also known as the outback is a vast desert plain and while it gets very hot during the day in the summer months from October to February it is very cool in the evenings. The outback makes for very pleasant weather during these months. Predicting Australian weather is a science as well as an instinct. There are many folk tales about the cuckoos crowing to keep the sun in the sky during summer and ceasing in winter and ants crawling for shelter when the rain is about to come.
Overall the temperature doesn’t go much higher than 30’c in the summer months and much lower than 8’c in the winter months.
What to pack
If you are going to visit Australia during winter simply to avoid the crowds and the heat, remember to take along heavier clothing. Coats are not always necessary. Use an umbrella in light rain and a hooded rain jacket in heavier rain. You will stay drier this way and the chances of losing or even destroying the umbrella are less.
In summer bring light clothing and plenty of beach wear if you are planning to spend a lot of time on the golden sand. The nights are fairly cool so don’t forget to bring along some warmer gear for just in case.
Best time to visit
The best beach weather is in the summer months from December. Australia has some great beaches all good for surfing and makes for a memorable summer holiday. If you have come to take a look at the sights and the many tourist attractions choose to come in the late summer and early autumn months as it starts to get cooler in February and march even into April as the rain starts. This way you can be sure of a cheaper flight as well as less crowds and easier access. Besides airfares other prices are also greatly reduced such as entrance fees and hotel rates. Predicting Australian weather also is about predicting the number of visitors.
Predicting Australian weather is relatively simple because it is constant and has a very narrow temperature range. The weather is very atypical of that found in the northern hemisphere so prepare well. The area is also prone to flooding. This is not a new phenomenon but possibly due to climate change there has been an increase of it in recent months. This is not limited to the winter months but can happen year round.