Hot Humid Zone
The southern winter really is the most comfortable time of year to be
in this part of the world. Days are very warm and sunny; nights are warm,
too. In the Darwin
winter, rain falls on only one day a month on average. Summer is sultry
- hot and humid with rain and thunderstorms. Spring and autumn are also
hot and rather humid. The "build-up" to the monsoon season (November)
is the least comfortable time of year; temperatures are generally at their
highest and humidity is also high, without the benefit of cooling rainfall.
Local folklore has it that November is the season for "mango madness"
- strange behaviour triggered by climatic stress. Those planning to go
snorkelling or scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef will be interested
sea surface temperatures around the Australian region. For example,
the water temperature off Cairns
is 28.1 deg C in summer (January) and 22.6 deg C in winter (July).
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