We are travelling to Sumatra on sunday for our honeymoon then travelling around indonesia. We are a bit worried by the recent weather forecasts and the outlook!. Can anyone advsise us of recent weather and if we should ignore this as our hosts have said that it has been great weather with clear water and clear skies but from all online forecasts it shows different. Suchas thunder storms and lots of rain!! We are quite anxious as we are spending a great deal for a weeks luxury before our budget travelling.
August/ September are generally some of the best months to travel to Sumatra weather wise as this is the dry season for the island. The monsoon rains don't normally start until November and carrying on until March. The general climate for Sumatra this time of year should be temperatures of 22-29'c and if you get a rain shower, it is normally either early morning or late afternoon and is generally over before it starts normally.
I think that you should trust the advice of your hosts and the locals as they live with the island's weather day in day out. At the end of the day online weather forecasts can be wrong, as after all they are only forecasts and predictions of what might happen rather than what is actually happening on the ground.
Hope this helps and enjoy your Honeymoon.
This is supposed to be the dry season but this year in Sumatra there has been quite a lot of rain- actually quite a lot of rain throughout Indonesia.
Having said that, rain is usually showers for an hour and then clear skies and sunshine so you should be ok.
Rain also reduces the humidity and makes everything a lot cooler so you will probably be welcoming an overnight shower for superb days.
Have a wonderful time.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Sep-2010, at 06:00 by pPamela ]