a VirtualTourist member from DeFuniak Springs asked on Nov 15, 2009
I will be arriving in the Melbourne area (My friend lives about a 3 hour drive roughly east of Melbourne) some time around the first of April 2010...I understand this begins your Autumn season...would someone please help me with my packing. What sort of tempertures am I looking at and what sort of clothes should I bring? I live in Florida and in our area we have very mild winters...requiring only light jackets and jeans....I don't want to over pack with "it MIGHT be like this so I'll need this" sort of thinking....
Thanks so much in advance for your help!!
Well, you see the trouble with Melbourne, and even people who love her very much (like me) admit it, is that her weather is very variable.
It might be like this - is just about it.
In April it shouldn't be stinking hot or freezing cold. It could rain a fair bit - we can only hope.
Be prepared for heat, and be prepared for cold, and be prepared for rain.
But we do have plenty of shops that sell clothes so if it happens that there is an extremity of weather you can nip in and buy a fleece top or a rain jacket or a wolly hat and gloves or a pair of shorts. Or maybe your friend will be able to help you out.
I am trying to figure out where 3 hours east of Melbourne might be. Shepparton, maybe?
Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.
Here is the average weather for Melbourne for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.
High 68f / 20c
Low 52f / 11c
Rain 2.60in / 66.0mm
Rain days 12
Hours of sun 5
Daylight hours 11
UV level 5 = Moderate
Humidity = None
Sea temp 63f / 17c
April weather is really unstable in Victoria (Melbourne is the capital city of this state), but you can pretty much count on it being quite cool through the days anywhere from 11-18 deg C and very cool at night 8-11 deg C, so bring warm clothes. Victoria has been in a drought for 10 years and we are currently on water restrictions, so rain hasn't been a problem, but as I said the weather is really unstable so be prepared for anything from hail to sun (People say the Crowded House song "Four seasons in one day" was written with Melbourne in mind)but it sure as anything will not be like Florida.
My friend lives in a small town called Maffra...I hope I've remembered correctly that it's east of Melbourne....it's close to another town called Sale, if that helps you any. I shall try to bring a small sample of both types of clothes I suppose....I do chill easily however so will lean towards long slacks and light jackets. Thanks so much for your help!!
Thank you very much for your help...I will remember as I start to pack....
Thank you for your insight...I will try to pick the right clothes...I think I'll lean more towards slacks and sweaters...I tend to get chilled easily...Thanks again!!
Oh I know Sale.
If you have a fleece jacket I would bring that or a Parka (Anorak), Melbourne can be variable in the one day so I don,t go anywhere there without a warm jacket. If you need to buy one once you get here they are not expensive and are readily available. Outdoor shops sell good quality ones that cost more but chainstores like Target have cheap ones that are fine for less extreme temperatures.
I used to live in Sale. It has a more temperate climate than Melbourne. During April you will have few winds which is good. The temperature will be between 11C (overnight)and 25C (a couple of degrees above Melbourne).
sale is a city of 13,000 people and is the centre for the gas industry. Maffra is a much smaller town of 5,000 people. It is 220k from Melbourne so 3 hours is probably about right from the airport.
I would bring a jumper and a waterproof jacket.
This site gives you the information for Sale.
How long are you staying for. The weather won't change appreciable till late May I think.
My friend goes there often I believe....I'm really excited to be visiting with a local person that can show me all the small things most tourists might miss.
It's really a small world isn't it? I wouldn't have thought that there would be a Target in Australia...one of my favorite places to roam around in in other countries is the grocery stores....silly, huh?
I'll be staying for a month (April). And I'm so looking forward to it and want the time to fly a bit faster!! hahaha!! Thanks so much for your help!