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Australia – Climate Guide

Australia Climate

Australia enjoys temperate weather for most of the year but the climate varies hugely due to the vast size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.

Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

No matter what time of year you visit Australia, the sun can be extremely powerful and it’s important to guard against sunburn and dehydration. A high factor sunscreen, a sun hat, sunglasses and plenty of water are essential.

To learn more about the particular climate in each place visited on our Australia tours, click on the links below.

Melbourne
Adelaide
Alice Springs
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Cairns
Sydney

Seasons:
Summer = December – March
Autumn = March – June
Winter = June – September
Spring = September – December

Melbourne
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C25.925.823.920.316.714.113.51517.219.72224.219.8
Mean Min °C14.314.613.210.88.76.966.789.511.212.910.2
Mean Rain mm47.14850.157.355.749.547.550586660.359.1648.3
Median Rain mm36.832.138.649.654.942.544.449.152.8675351.6644.2
Mean Rain days8.37.49.411.714.615.416.216.114.914.111.710.4149.2

 

Adelaide
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C29.429.426.422.71916.115.316.719.12225.327.122.3
Mean Min °C17.217.315.312.510.38.27.58.29.811.51415.612.2
Mean Rain mm18.915.82740.160.780.677.56958.442.230.328.1548.6
Median Rain mm20.16.81933.656.876.868.869.2583730.323.8527
Mean Rain Days4.43.65.87.91214.816.21613.39.986.9118.7

 

Alice Springs
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C36.43532.628.223.119.819.722.727.43133.735.428.7
Mean Min °C21.520.717.512.68.254610.414.817.920.213.2
Mean Rain mm38.543.931.817.318.713.515.58.98.220.828.536.8282.7
Median Rain mm13.513.79.71.36.63.92.62.21.517.819.123.3236.9
Mean Rain Days4.74.73.32.232.72.71.92.34.55.55.942.9

 

Uluru (Ayers Rock)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C38.536.834.229.924.320.320.623.728.932.334.936.430
Mean Min °C22.722.119.114.49.35.54.45.810.714.818.320.813.9
Mean Rain mm28.543.840.417.114.519.119.14.57.923.23842.8299.4
Median Rain mm13.57.273.20.63.44.61.82.611.929.137220
Mean Rain Days4.64.52.92.32.62.72.61.32.33.95.86.238.5

 

Cairns
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C31.531.230.529.227.62625.726.628.129.530.731.529
Mean Min °C23.723.823.121.619.917.917.117.418.720.622.323.420.8
Mean Rain mm394.3448.9424.2198.391.445.629.226.733.44693.7175.92003.1
Median Rain mm339402.8377.7166.984.83424.117.618.728.262.8124.81960.8
Mean Rain Days18.41919.417.713.89.68.97.97.58.310.513.8153.2

 

Sydney
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecAnn
Mean Max °C25.925.824.822.419.51716.317.82022.123.625.221.7
Mean Min °C18.718.817.614.711.69.38.1911.113.615.617.513.8
Mean Rain mm101.1118129.7127.1119.913297.480.768.376.983.977.61211.9
Median Rain mm78.693.696.691.590.899.874.754.751.955.666.858.41158.7
Mean Rain Days12.212.513.612.913.212.711.210.410.611.611.711.5143.6
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