Guide to Australia’s Weather & Climate

Guide to Australia’s Weather & Climate

 

The Climate of Australia varies a great deal. Australia is very large and is made up of 8 states and territories. Read this guide to prepare you for the vast differences in the climate of Australia.

 

Since Australia is located int he Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are completely opposite to the seasons in North America and Europe. The North has a tropical zone, which makes up about % 40 of Australia and has 2 seasons, either wet or dry.

 

 

During October – March is the Spring and Summer seasons and it is warm or hot everywhere. This is the time for most tourists to visit. During the Autumn and winter months of April – September you will find warm days and cool nights in Northern and central Australia, and even some snow in some areas of the Southeast.

Average Temperatures in Major Cities

 

Adelaide

 

Adelaide has mild winters and dry summers. During Autumn the weather is pleasant. Winter can be chilly and June is the rainiest month. Overall, Adelaide is one of the driest cities. Spring is warm but can have brisk evenings.

 

ADELAIDE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 28 28 25 22 18 16 15 16 18 21 24 26
Max °F 82 82 77 72 64 61 59 61 64 70 75 79
Min °C 16 16 14 12 10 8 7 8 9 11 13 14
Min °F 61 61 57 54 50 46 45 46 48 52 55 57
Rainfall (mm) 18 19 22 36 56 55 63 51 47 40 25 24

 

Brisbane

Brisbane is subtropical and during the summer has alot of rainfall. Autumn brings lower temperatures and less rain.  Winters are mild and Spring is sunny and cool.

 

BRISBANE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 29 29 28 26 24 21 21 22 24 26 27 29
Min °C 21 21 20 17 14 11 10 10 13 16 18 20
Max °F 84 84 82 79 75 70 70 72 75 79 81 84
Min °F 70 70 68 63 57 52 50 50 55 61 64 68
Rainfall (mm.) 158 172 139 90 99 71 63 43 35 94 97 126

 

 

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Cairns

During the summer the weather is hot and humid, the winter is dry and mild; Spring is the start of the wet season, and autumn is very warm both day and night.

 

CAIRNS Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 31 31 31 29 28 26 26 27 28 29 31 31
Min °C 24 24 23 22 20 18 17 17 19 21 22 23
Max °F 88 88 88 84 82 79 79 81 82 84 88 88
Min °F 75 75 73 72 68 64 63 63 66 70 72 73
Rainfall (mm.) 395 457 418 200 96 48 29 29 36 41 97 184

 

 

Darwin

Since Darwin is at the top of the Northern territory, there are 2 seasons; wet and dry. November – April is the wet season and May – October is the dry season.

 

DARWIN Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 32 31 32 33 32 31 30 31 33 33 33 33
Min °C 25 25 25 24 22 20 19 21 23 25 25 25
Max °F 90 88 90 91 90 88 86 88 91 91 91 91
Min °F 77 77 77 75 72 68 66 70 73 77 77 77
Rainfall (mm.) 426 354 322 102 21 1 1 6 16 73 140 249

 

Melbourne

Melbourne has an interesting climate in that you might just see four seasons in one day! Summers are warm and dry, with the warmest months being January and February. Autumn is cool with morning fog. Winters can be cloudy and cold with alot of rain. Spring is the time of year when weather changes often, sometimes from sunny to cold.

 

MELBOURNE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 26 27 24 20 17 13 13 14 16 19 22 24
Min °C 14 14 13 10 8 6 5 6 7 9 10 12
Max °F 79 81 75 68 63 55 55 57 61 66 72 75
Min °F 57 57 55 50 46 43 41 43 45 48 50 54
Rainfall (mm) 46 41 39 47 46 41 37 47 51 59 60 49

 

Perth

Perth is on the West Coast and enjoys dry, hot summers with very little rain. There are some reliefs from the heat during this time in the afternoons with a sea-breeze. Winters are mild Rainfall is also abundant during the winter. Spring is warm with some rain and a the time for the blooming of flora and fauna. Autumn is cool at night and warm in the day.

 

PERTH Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 32 32 30 25 22 19 18 18 20 22 26 29
Min °C 17 17 16 13 10 9 8 8 9 10 13 15
Max °F 90 90 86 77 72 66 64 64 68 72 79 84
Min °F 63 63 61 55 50 48 46 46 48 50 55 59
Rainfall (mm.) 9 15 15 41 104 171 162 120 71 47 25 11

 

Sydney

Sydney has a year-round sunny climate and mild winters.  Summer is very warm and it is a great time to enjoy the beaches. Autumn is the mildest season of the year and makes it great for enjoying whale watching and other outdoor activities. Winter is coolest and also when the rainfall is highest.

 

SYDNEY Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 26 26 25 23 20 17 17 18 20 22 24 26
Min °C 19 19 17 14 11 8 7 8 10 13 15 17
Max °F 79 79 77 73 68 63 63 64 68 72 75 79
Min °F 66 66 63 57 52 46 45 46 50 55 59 63
Rainfall (mm.) 72 82 82 81 84 93 52 45 46 48 68 63

 

Uluru

Uluru  located in the middle of a semi-arid desert climate. During the winter the temperatures during the day are pleasant and during the night the evenings can get chilly. The summers here can get very warm so make sure to bring clothes for both extremes.

 

ULURU Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 38 36 34 29 23 20 20 23 26 32 34 37
Min °C 21 21 17 13 8 5 3 6 9 14 17 20
Max °F 100 97 93 84 73 68 68 73 79 90 93 99
Min °F 70 70 63 55 46 41 37 43 48 57 63 68
Rainfall (mm.) 48 46 52 25 22 21 9 13 19 24 35 19

 

 

 

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