With drought a feature of climate in Sydney Australia, summer must be hot. Is it really that hot?
It can be. But generally heat doesn't last too long.
Sometimes, but not that often, temperatures can hit 40 degrees Celsius (104oF) or more during the day. It can really be a scorcher. But then evening brings a cool change and you can breathe again.
And next day the temperatures can stay around high 20s or low 30 degrees Celsius (68 / 86oF).
You may get the odd one or two, rarely three days of heat in a row but that's it. It is rather unusual to experience more than that. However the heat wave can come back after some time, a couple of weeks or more later. Sun glasses and sunscreen are a must during summer.
It is the time for flowery dresses, cotton tops, singlets or tanks, shorts, slides and thongs. A shawl or light blazer will be fine for the cooler nights.
The first month of summer, December with average maximum temperatures of 25 degrees C (77oF) and minimum of 17 (63oF), and the celebration of Christmas will get you out to listen to the Carols in the Domain.
It is a big tradition, with families taking a picnic basket and heading to the Domain Park to see the show and sing carols into the night. You have to come early to pick a spot as the place gets crowded very quickly.
And for the new years eve Sydney is the scene for great fireworks in the Harbour, as Australia is among the first nations that start the new year.
There are a number of vantage points to see the spectacular display of falling stars and colourful lights on the Harbour Bridge.
Among them: the sites at the Opera House or at Luna Park.
January is the hottest month of the year with daily average maximum temperatures of 26 degrees C and minimum 19 (79oF / 66oF). And it is a top holiday month.
Many cruise liners head for Australia in summer. Queen Mary 2 sailed into Sydney Harbour in 2012 with a huge marriage proposal banner on Valentine's Day.
February temperatures are very similar to January ones. And there is a lot to do to enjoy the nice weather.
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