Climate and Average Weather in Australia

Australia is a vast continent with a wide variety of climates. So checking the average weather before you travel to this amazing country is an absolute must. If you travel between October and January our recommendation is to start your travels in the South (Melbourne), before heading to the North. If you travel between June and September we recommend you begin your travels in North Australia and make your way down south slowly.

The largest part of the country 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 meters 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 Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below 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.

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