Watching the Weather

Preparing for the World Ultimate Championships in Runaway Bay

As we count down to the World Ultimate Championships this August in Runaway Bay, it’s time to start thinking about how the local weather might play into your game plan. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the info you need to stay on top of your game, courtesy of the tournament organizing committee. Here’s a rundown of what to expect and how to prepare for the Gold Coast’s unique weather conditions.

Mild and Comfortable Temperatures

The weather in Runaway Bay during the championships will be pretty mild and comfortable, perfect for playing ultimate! Daytime temperatures usually hover between 16°C and 26°C (61°F to 79°F). It’s a great range for outdoor sports, but remember that mornings and evenings can be a bit chillier, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F). So, packing a light jacket or sweater will keep you cozy during those cooler parts of the day.

Moderate Humidity and Low Rainfall

One of the best things about Runaway Bay in early September is the moderate to low humidity, making the weather feel just right—not too sticky, not too dry. Plus, it’s typically a dry time of the year, so you can expect very little rain. But, in case of a surprise light shower, a compact rain jacket or umbrella can be a lifesaver.

Plenty of Sunshine

Get ready for some serious sunshine! With about 11 hours of daylight each day, you’ll have plenty of bright and sunny weather to enjoy. Just remember, the UV levels can get quite high. The organizing committee suggests slathering on that sunscreen, wearing a hat, and donning your coolest sunglasses to protect yourself from those strong rays.

Breezy Afternoons

Afternoon breezes are a staple here, usually coming from the southeast and ranging between 10 to 20 km/h (6 to 12 mph). Sometimes, the gusts pick up and might affect how the disc flies. It’s all part of the challenge! To help, we recommend practicing your throws in similar windy conditions to get a feel for how to adjust your technique.

Field Conditions and Gameplay

Morning Dew:
Expect some dampness on the fields in the early hours due to morning dew. This can make the grass a bit slippery, affecting your traction and how the disc handles.

Dry and Fast Fields:
As the day warms up, the fields will dry out, making for faster play. This is when the pace picks up and the game becomes more dynamic. Keep hydrated and be ready for a burst of high-energy play as the sun gets higher.

Afternoon Winds:
The breezes can be tricky, especially in the afternoons when they tend to be stronger. This can mess with long throws, so think about how your team might tweak your strategy to keep those passes on point.

The Tournament Organizing Committee is here to help you navigate these local weather quirks and get the most out of your championship experience. Pack smart, stay flexible with your gameplay, and above all, enjoy the sunny Gold Coast vibes. We’re looking forward to an amazing tournament with all of you!