Christmas time in Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays is always a mixed bag of weather and by that I mean, sunshine, rain, wind, heat and not necessarily in that order.
In December, Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays will start to get proper summer temperatures in excess of 33 degrees Celsius by day and 25 degrees at night.
Humidity will start to rise significantly as well as the monsoonal rains start to fall over the far north.
Summer in the tropics will produce rather sticky conditions that are best managed by swimming all day and cranking the air conditioner all night.
December always produces rain in significant amounts, thankfully Airlie Beach is mostly spared from day time downpours as most of the rain will fall at night.
The dry season runs out as December ticks along though the most common sprinkles of rain will happen towards the end of December.
December is known for not having much wind at all through The Whitsundays which means, glass-out conditions on the water. ‘Glass-out’ is the term we use for an ocean that mimics a mirror, aka, zero waves or swell.
While general conditions are like this, it’s also not uncommon to experience periods of us to 3 days when the rain and wind will fall constantly.
Sea conditions in December change rapidly as monsoonal rain blows through. On a Monday we can have brochure worthy conditions, then on Tuesday, it might be quite wet and wild. You are strongly advised to check the weather forecast before visiting north Queensland in Summer.
SO SHOULD YOU VISIT AIRLIE BEACH IN DECEMBER?
Despite the weather being a little bit adverse at times, we still experience more good days than bad. When considering a bad day consists of warm tropical rain, is it really even that bad, what I mean by that is, you are not going to get cold and chances are you will already be in a swimming pool or the ocean.
December in Airlie Beach is a fun and exciting place to spend the Christmas holidays.