Rainy Summer

Welcome to Melbourne, where the summers are as inconsistent as the internet connection. If you want to survive the scorching heat and torrential rain (sometimes on the same day), you’ll need to be prepared. We know, it’s a pain when the forecast says thirty-five degrees and clear skies, so you don’t bother to take your umbrella with you, and by the end of the day, you’re caught in a typical Melbourne flood. That’s why we’re here to help.

Umbrellas can be heavy, awkward and make you look insane if you’re carrying one around on a hot day. Our advice? Ditch the umbrella and trade it for a rain poncho. Light and portable, you can hide this in a bag or even fit it in your pocket. You might look odd buying an emergency poncho on a forty-degree day, but you’ll be laughing when the rain comes.

It’s also a good idea to invest in some lighter jumpers and jackets, which, like the poncho, won’t take up too much space in a bag. Hoodies are essential but make sure the material isn’t too thick, otherwise, you may risk overheating. One with a zipper is even better if you can find it.

Of course, you’re welcome to just go and risk it, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.