Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? Going to the beach in Australia is one of the most fun things you can do. But it can be difficult to decide when is the best day to go, and the weather forecast can sometimes seem like just a bundle of numbers.
Let’s take a look at what weather is actually the best for going to the beach so that you can be confident next time that you have picked the perfect day.
The best weather for going to the beach will depend on what activity you are hoping to do there. Generally speaking, a temperature between 80oF and 90oF, no rain, and a light-to-moderate wind speed are the ideal weather for a day at the beach. Check the weather before you go choose a sheltered spot.
Whether we like it or not, our best-laid plans are going to be impacted by things that are out of our control such as the weather. So let’s have a think about why the weather is important for going to the beach and how it will affect what you like to do when you’re there.
Beach Temperature That’s Just Right
If your intuition is telling you that the best beach weather is warm, well, of course, it is! But how warm do you want it? If you’re planning on hanging out on the beach, flying kites, building sandcastles, having a bbq or a picnic, and spending time with family or friends, then you really want the temperature to be in the low-to-mid 80s.
It’s warm enough for you to never feel chilly, but it’s not so hot that you can’t be bothered to do anything.
If, however, you are hoping to really get some relaxed sunbathing in, then you might want the temperature to be a little hotter. Maybe closer to the late 80s. And if you’re hoping to have some sporty fun, like volleyball, closer to 80oF (26C) would probably be best.
Are Rainy Days Still Good For The Beach
I think it probably goes without saying that you’re not going to want to go to the beach on a rainy day. It would be a pretty miserable day if you were hoping to go to the beach to do some sunbathing or have a picnic and it was raining.
There are some exceptions, however, if you’re going for a walk with the dog, for instance, then it probably wouldn’t make too much of a difference if it started raining. But for most beach-going activities, rain is going to put a spanner in the works.
Wind Speed For Water Sports
For most people, having absolutely no wind speed when they’re at the beach isn’t really the perfect conditions. A nice sea breeze really offsets the heat from the sun and makes spending time at the beach all the more pleasurable. So a light breeze is perfect.
If you’re planning on going to the beach to surf, kite-surf, windsurf, etc then the question of wind gets a little bit more complicated. Ideally, you would want moderate offshore wind. Too little wind and you won’t get the waves, or you won’t be able to get moving. Too much wind and you’re likely to become unbalanced. The waves are also probably going to be too high for comfort.
What Temperature Is Too Cold For The Beach?
If the temperature is too cold for you to sit outside comfortably, without being constantly reminded that you feel chilly, then it’s probably too cold for the beach. Remember that most people who go to the beach will be spending a lot of time stationery so they will feel the cold more than if they were walking around.
As a rule of thumb, anything in the 60F Or (15C) is going to be a bit too cold for sitting around in shorts and a t-shirt, so it would probably be a bit too cold for a normal beach day.
Again, if you’re planning on going to the beach for other activities that will definitely have an impact on what temperature you feel comfortable with.
If you are going to be doing sporty activities, you could probably get away with a slightly lower temperature. If you’re planning on being in the water, you would want the water temperature to be between 65oF and 78oF (18C To 25C).
How Do You Stay Warm At The Beach?
OK, so the weather isn’t as glorious as you were hoping, but you’re at the beach. Now what? Well, you don’t have to suffer in the cold and be miserable the entire time. There are lots of things you could do to help you stay warm at the beach.
Layer, Layer, Layer
It is always a good idea to layer your clothing when you go to the beach. The temperature can be so unpredictable, especially when you’re near the sea. It can be a blisteringly hot day, but if that wind picks up you are going to feel a chill. So you could wear a bikini, with shorts and a t-shirt on top, with a hoodie. That way, you can put on or take off your layers depending on the temperature.
Get Moving And Blood Flowing
If you’re feeling cold, one of the easiest ways to warm up is to get moving. Go for a brisk walk, play a game of catch, do some cartwheels. Whatever you enjoy that’s active will help to raise your temperature.
Huddle Together, Warmth In Numbers
If you’re at the beach with someone special, having a nice cuddle can help you share your body temperature and get you warm. And being at the beach is pretty romantic, right? So feeling cold is the perfect excuse to get closer!
Is 70 Warm Enough For The Beach?
This temperature is just on the cusp. Any lower and it would probably be too cold for a lot of people. But 70oF (21C) is generally pretty comfortable for sitting outside in, as long as you remember to layer up just in case the temperature drops. It is best to take a hoodie or sweater with you just in case, but you could probably get away with shorts/a t-shirt most of the time.
To Sum It Up
The perfect day at the beach does often depend on what the weather is doing. Most people would prefer the temperature to be relatively high, but not too hot, a light-to-moderate breeze, and definitely no rain. The beach kind of requires the Goldilocks of weather conditions but when they really are just right, it can be a perfect day out.
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