Australian Weather

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Most people consider Australian weather to be hot and most of it is. The centre is extremely hot and desert like. It's no surprise that the coastal areas where it is cooler are the most populated.

Given Australia is in the southern hemisphere, summer is at the opposite time of year to those in the northern hemisphere (e.g Europe and the US.) So, summer is December, January and February and winter is June, July and August.

When is the best time to visit?

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Australian weather by city

The graphs below show the Australian weather by city. It shows minimum and maximum temperatures as well as average rain fall for most major destinations. This should help you plan your trip and decide when is best to go. Use the map of Australia to work out where these major cities are.

If you draw a line from Cairns across to Broome, the areas that fall above are best visited between March and October. Anything below is best visited end of October to end of March.

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Adelaide can have some very high temeperatures in the summer and tends to be warmer in the winter than the cities on the east coast.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 29.1 29.3 26.3 22.6 19 16.1 15.3 16.6 19 21.8 24.9 25.9
Mean Minimum Temp1717.115.212.310.
Mean Rainfall mm19.712.62539.66.980.67467.160.345.131.428.4

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Ayers Rock

You can visit Ayers Rock throughout the year but the summer months are VERY hot. Winter can be very cold at night so not great if you fancied camping underneath the very clear stars. But the rock can even appear green when it rains which is pretty spectacular.

Also expect there to be lots of flies given the heat. Most people invest in a hat with a net to stop the flies from getting on your face!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 37.5 36 33.4 29.7 23.4 20.3 20.3 22.6 26.4 31.4 34.2 36.8
Mean Minimum Temp20.920.517.312.
Mean Rainfall mm47.745.852.22522.

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Whilst the temperatures in Brisbane look very similar to the rest of Australian weather and most of the other cities, Brisbane and Queensland are much more humid than say Sydney or Melbourne. This can make the temperatures feel much hotter here.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 29 29.1 28 26 23.6 21.3 20.9 21.7 24.1 25.4 26.7 28.2
Mean Minimum Temp2121.119.316.212.810.58.89.512.715.817.920.0
Mean Rainfall mm118.9121.676.163.5122.872.529.940.13668.1115.5120


Broome can be visited all year round but is best visited in the dry season of March to October. You can visit outside of these times as it doesn't rain every day. The humidity outside these months however can make the temperatures seem much higher.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 33.4 33.3 34.2 34.3 31.2 28.3 27.9 29.8 31.7 32.8 33.9 34.1
Mean Minimum Temp26.12625.222.318.115.314.115.318.422.024.726.1
Mean Rainfall mm158.4143.4100.929.820.723.

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Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It involves getting on a boat and travelling approx 1.5 hours out to the reef. So, although the best time to visit Cairns is in the dry season (March-Oct), it's fine to take a trip to the Barrier Reef outside of this. But, expect the crossing to be fairly rough and for it to rain.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 31.8 31.3 30.5 29.2 27.4 25.9 25.5 26.3 28 29.7 30.7 31.8
Mean Minimum Temp23.423.322.621.118.917.316.316.317.819.721.322.7
Mean Rainfall mm419.3422.4459.6263.8110.572.539.141.743.550.197.9202.9

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Canberra weather can be much hotter than Sydney even though it is only 3 hours away. This is because it is not on the coast and is in-land.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 27.7 27.1 24.5 19.6 15.1 11.8 11.1 12.8 16.0 19.4 22.7 26.1
Mean Minimum Temp13.613.611.
Mean Rainfall mm60.360.558.753.148.842.942.751.451.474.4058.551.8


Darwin is famous for its barmy evenings and magnificent thunderstorms. Dawin is best visited between May and October. You can visit outside of this but expect to be extremely hot and for there to be lots of rain.If you intend to explore the area then I would wait for the dry season as some of the roads tend to be blocked off due to flooding.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 32.4 32.2 32.7 33.5 32.6 31.2 30.6 31.7 33.0 34.1 34.2 33.6
Mean Minimum Temp25.22524.924.422.620.819.720.923.325.125.525.6
Mean Rainfall mm393.2329.7258.3102.614.331.31.612.852.1124241.8

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Hobart and the rest of Tasmania is probably the coldest part of Australia. The scenery is absolutely stunning (a bit like Scotland) so this is a good destination if you are not fond of the heat and like scenic walks and road trips.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 22.5 22.3 20.7 18.1 15.2 12.9 12.4 13.4 15.3 17.3 18.9 20.6
Mean Minimum Temp121210.
Mean Rainfall mm4136.636.643.234.530.143.946.440.74743.353.6

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Melbourne probably has the strangest of all australian weather. Melbourne's weather is often described as "4 seasons in one day" and you literally can experience all types of weather in just one day.

The locals get round the problem by wearing layers and carrying an umbrella with them at all times. It certainly seems to have more extreme temperatures (some very hot days of over 40 degrees) and the winter months tend to be colder than most other cities.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 25.9 25.8 23.9 20.3 16.7 14.0 13.4 14.9 17.2 19.6 21.9 24.2
Mean Minimum Temp14.314.613.
Mean Rainfall mm47.647.350.257.355.949.247.750.257.966.259.559.2

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Perth has probably one of the best climates. The humidity seems to be lower on the west coast making the temperatures really quite pleasant.

Don't be fooled though. You can easily get a few 40 degree days in the height of summer

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 30.8 31.3 29.5 25.7 22.5 19.3 18.4 18.8 20.1 22.8 26.2 28.7
Mean Minimum Temp17.818.016.413.510.
Mean Rainfall mm16.59.119.836.88.7134.7153.7128.

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It may surprise most people to see how much rain Sydney actually gets. If you want a holiday in Australia that guarantees you good weather, don't look to spend your entire holiday in Sydney.

In Summer you can experience weeks of beautiful weather and then 10 days of solid rain. More likely however is regular thunder storms, usually early evening which usually come as a welcome relief to the hot temperatures.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 26.4 26.3 25.2 22.9 20.0 17.6 16.9 18.2 20.4 22.5 24.0 25.7
Mean Minimum Temp18.719.017.414.
Mean Rainfall mm95.3113.3115.4105.6100.0121.469.178.361.670.680.573.6

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The Whitsundays

One of my favourite destinations in Australia. The Whitsundays are the classic holiday destination with great weather nearly all year round. The warmer months tend to have a bit more rain (thunderstroms and huge down pours) and in the winter it's dryer but probably a little too cool for sunbathing and swimming.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum Temp 30.6 30.3 29.6 28.4 26 23.4 23.0 24.2 25.9 27.5 29.69 30.5
Mean Minimum Temp24.924.924.122.720.417.216.717.419.221.323.424.5
Mean Rainfall mm212294229137.1119.853.336.725.716.737.458.7114.4

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The data used on this page has been generated using statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology. The data is based on the last 30 years up to 2009. Copyright rules apply to the reproduction of this data. For more information you can go to their home page.

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