So let's get on to what affects the weather and what you can expect generally.
On a grand scale the east coast of Australia is affected by factors such as:
- el nino - dry weather patterns
- la nina - wet weather patterns
These two major patterns create extremes of dry and wet. It is worth considering this when looking at weather information as the variations can be large!
Although the Gold Coast is rarely affected by a direct hit from a Tropical Cyclone, cyclones further north in Queensland can move south and create winds, rough seas and lots of rain that carries on for a couple of days.
Tropical cyclones only form above the ocean when it reaches a certain temperature, so they are generally within the summer and early autumn months with most occuring between January and March.
Another weather phenomenon that can affect the Gold Coast, in fact any part of the eastern seaboard of Australia, is called an East Coast Low - or an ECL.
They form extremely quickly, can be slow moving, rarely head inland, so they mostly affect the coastal areas and can dump large amounts of rain in a very short time causing flash flooding.
Again, these are rare, but they can occur, and the reason I mention them, is that once you get to your holiday location, it's a good idea to stay a little connected with the local weather conditions in case you need to rearrange your itinerary.
ECLs can affect your plans in the following ways:
- disrupt traffic - flooded and closed roads can make it hard to get to the airport on time
- flights can be delayed or cancelled during extreme conditions
- attractions can be closed
- water based activities such as scuba or snorkelling can be cancelled not only during the event, but for a few days afterwards due to poor visibility after the rainwater runs off into the sea
- beaches can be closed during and after the ECL has come and gone - the skies may be blue but the ocean can have treacherous surf
So, if I knew an ECL was coming, and the weather was good, I would look to rearrange my activities so that I could do any of the beach, rainforest tours and water based activities before they became affected by the weather conditions.
Although attractions may end up being closed for some of the event, they are more likely to reopen for your enjoyment as soon as any hazards have subsided.
Gold Coast Weather and Seasons
Australia's seasons are counter to the Northern Hemisphere. I still am not used to that one after nearly 2 decades living in Australia!
This is what I mean...
Therefore, in Australia....
- Christmas is during the height of Summer
- August is in Winter !
Winter in the Gold Coast - it's a bit like a typical British summer! You can almost be forgiven for getting these months mixed up!