Austral summer is opposite the Northern Hemisphere's summer, so the tourist season in Antarctica usually begins in November and ends in February, when temperatures and weather conditions are the most favorable. While Antarctica is a dark, inhospitable place in winter, summer days can be quite pleasant. Temperatures in the middle of summer rise to the 30s and 40s (Fahrenheit), and unless you’re traveling overland to the South Pole, extreme weather clothing won’t be necessary.