Weather and Climate in Australia

 
 
 

People often ask what the weather is like in Australia? The answer is that it varies a lot! The same for the rainfall. If you live in the United States, it is like comparing the weather in Mexico to the weather in New York. If you live in Europe, it is like comparing the weather in Paris to the weather in North Africa. Typically the northern parts of Australia are warm to hot all of the year. It makes sense as it is closer to the Equator. In the north, the summer is also the rainy season. You may want to take this into account when you make your vacation plans to Australia.

The coastal areas around Sydney are mild in the winter with minimum temperatures often staying above 50 to 60 degrees F. The summers are warmer and are typically in the 80 degree F range. One should be warned that there are some instances where Australia may become very cold during the winter. When we say cold, we don't mean Stockholm cold or Chicago cold. However, especially at the higher elevations in Tasmania and the Victoria, snow may be abundant and temperatures are below freezing. In fact many people do not know that there are ski resorts in the mountains of Australia.

The following tables should give you an idea of what to expect if you plan to vacation in Australia.


Temperature Conversion
°C
-1
10
21
32
38
°F
30
50
70
90
100

Melbourne, Victoria
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
2
79
57
April
2
68
52
July
2
55
43
October
3
66
48
Sydney, New South Wales
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
4
79
64
April
5
72
57
July
5
61
46
October
3
72
55
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
2
82
55
April
2
66
45
July
2
52
34
October
2
68
43
Brisbane, Queensland
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
6
84
70
April
3
79
61
July
2
68
48
October
3
81
61
Hobart, Tasmania
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
2
72
54
April
2
63
48
July
2
52
37
October
2
63
48
Adelaide, South Australia
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
0.8
86
61
April
2
73
55
July
3
59
45
October
2
73
52
Perth, Western Australia
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
0.3
84
63
April
2
75
59
July
7
63
48
October
2
70
54
Darwin, Northern Territory
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
15
90
77
April
4
91
75
July
0
88
66
October
2
93
77
The Red Centre, Northern Territory
Month
Avg Rain (Inches)
Avg Max (°F)
Avg Min (°F)
January
2
97
70
April
0.4
81
54
July
0.3
66
39
October
0.7
88
57