What to Wear in Darwin
During summer Darwin boasts hot temperatures that can reach from 32 degrees celsius + and it is very important to provide protection from the sun.
Here are some good rules to follow:
- Try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (usually between 11am and 3pm).
- Wear a T-shirt and hat while not swimming. It's worth investing in a wide brimmed hat that provides shade for your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Use at least SPF15, but SPF30 is recommended.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
- Do not leave your children in the strong sunshine without clothing protection for longer than 20 minutes at a time.
- Keep babies out of direct sunlight at all times.
- For kids, spandex swimming tops designed as large T-shirts protects the torso and arms from the sun. It's also possible to buy pants in this material which completely shelter the body from the sun.
During the dry season, the Northern Territory experiences excessive heat with long periods of sunlight, making light weight clothing a must.
T-shirts and shorts are best worn at this time of year, and it is advisable to wear light, long sleeved tops to protect your skin from the risk of sun cancer. Swimwear is a must as there are lots of great swimming spots to cool off and freshen up from the heat.
Comfortable closed in footwear must be worn when trekking or walking through parks and bushland. Wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen are a must.
The wet season brings with it higher levels of humidity and can therefore feel hotter than it actually is, and light-weight clothing is also comfortable during this season, along with a sweater/long slacks as the temperature can drop significantly during the evenings.