Climate and average weather in Australia
As a large continent a wide variation of climates are found across Australia. The largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid and most of the country receiving more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Generally, the north is hot and tropical, while the climate of the southern coastal regions is "Mediterranean" with hot dry summers and cool mild wet winters. Most rainfall is seen around the coast. Temperatures in some southern regions can drop below freezing in winter and the Snowy Mountains in the South East experiences metres of winter snow. As Australia is in the southern hemisphere the winter is June-August while December-February is summer. The winter is the dry season in the tropics, and the summer is the wet season. In the southern parts of the country, the seasonal temperature variation is greater and most of the rainfall occurs during winter.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in Australia?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.
Islands of Australia
Regions in Australia
Popular places in Australia
Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.
- Airlie Beach
- Byron Bay
- Coffs Harbour
- Gold Coast
- Hepburn Springs
- Hervey Bay
- Margaret River
- Mon Repos Conservation Park
- Noosa Heads