Everyone knows that Melbourne is a four-seasons-in-one-day kind of city. So, if you’re planning an outdoor event, it’s important to make sure that you also plan for all weather eventualities.
An unexpected downpour or a blast of high wind can ruin your outdoor marquee plans – unless you’re properly prepared.
Don’t let Melbourne’s crazy weather ruin your big event. Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities with our five tips for getting the most out of your marquee in Melbourne.
1. Know your forecast for your event day
This may seem pretty obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people just assume the weather will be fine based on the forecast they saw last week. Make sure you regularly check in with an authoritative weather forecast in the days leading up to the event and on the morning of the event.
Consider downloading a weather app. This will provide you with live updates and alerts should the weather look like changing. If you know what to expect from the weather, you can make the necessary preparations and ensure you have the appropriate accessories.
2. Plan according to the forecast
So, you’ve checked in with Bureau of Meteorology and you know what to expect from the weather. What next? Depending on the forecast, you should make sure you’re ready with everything you need to weather the storm, so to speak.
If it’s going to be a 40-degree scorcher, consider booking electric fans so the marquee doesn’t get too hot for those inside.
If it’s going to rain, make sure you have full walls and roof gutters for your marquee to keep the team dry. If you’re expecting a really heavy downpour, perhaps think about temporary flooring so you don’t end up working in a puddle.
You could also think about hiring gas heaters if it looks like it’s going to be cold.
What about wind? If the day looks like it’s going to be gusty, make sure you’re fully stocked with marquee leg weights, sand bags and extra pegs and tie-downs, just in case.
3. Be prepared for changes
Remember, this is Melbourne we’re talking about, so anything is possible. If the forecast calls for sunshine, it’s worth planning for rain. If you’re expecting a gentle breeze, plan for a gale.
It’s better to be prepared for any eventuality rather than having to shut things down due to a surprise shower or strong wind. So, if you’re planning on using an outdoor gazebo in Melbourne, it’s best to be prepared with all accessories to keep your gazebo or marquee fully operational regardless of the weather.
4. Think about marquee location
Where you set up your marquee or gazebo can have a significant effect on how it handles the weather. If possible, check out the location before the day of the event. This will help you prepare for any additional weather-related issues that might arise.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to choose where you set up, then it’s important to consider what that location might mean for those using the marquee.
If it’s a hot day, setting up under a tree for shade might be a good idea. But, if it’s going to be windy, then setting up under a tree might be risky.
If it’s going to rain, it’s important to think about drainage since you don’t want water pooling inside your marquee.
5. Talk to the experts
If you have an event coming up and you’re unsure about the weather, talk to the Melbourne gazebo and marquee experts at Outdoor Instant Shelters. We can clearly explain the weather tolerances of our pop-up marquees and provide you with all the necessary accessories you need to ensure the weather doesn’t ruin your day.