Australia climate guide

Temperature in Australia (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
26°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Australia (Sydney)26
26°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Australia (Sydney)26
25°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Australia (Sydney)25
23°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Australia (Sydney)23
20°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Australia (Sydney)20
18°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Australia (Sydney)18
17°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Australia (Sydney)17
18°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Australia (Sydney)18
20°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Australia (Sydney)20
22°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Australia (Sydney)22
24°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Australia (Sydney)24
26°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Australia (Sydney)26
Min temperature (night-time)
19°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Australia (Sydney)19
19°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Australia (Sydney)19
18°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Australia (Sydney)18
15°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Australia (Sydney)15
12°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Australia (Sydney)12
9°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Australia (Sydney)9
8°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Australia (Sydney)8
9°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Australia (Sydney)9
11°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Australia (Sydney)11
14°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Australia (Sydney)14
16°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Australia (Sydney)16
18°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Australia (Sydney)18
Sea temperature
22°C sea temperature in January in Australia (Sydney)22
23°C sea temperature in February in Australia (Sydney)23
23°C sea temperature in March in Australia (Sydney)23
22°C sea temperature in April in Australia (Sydney)22
20°C sea temperature in May in Australia (Sydney)20
19°C sea temperature in June in Australia (Sydney)19
18°C sea temperature in July in Australia (Sydney)18
17°C sea temperature in August in Australia (Sydney)17
18°C sea temperature in September in Australia (Sydney)18
18°C sea temperature in October in Australia (Sydney)18
19°C sea temperature in November in Australia (Sydney)19
21°C sea temperature in December in Australia (Sydney)21

Sunshine & Daylight in Australia

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
Daily hours of daylight
14 hours of daylight per day in January in Australia (Sydney)14
13 hours of daylight per day in February in Australia (Sydney)13
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Australia (Sydney)12
11 hours of daylight per day in April in Australia (Sydney)11
10 hours of daylight per day in May in Australia (Sydney)10
10 hours of daylight per day in June in Australia (Sydney)10
10 hours of daylight per day in July in Australia (Sydney)10
11 hours of daylight per day in August in Australia (Sydney)11
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Australia (Sydney)12
13 hours of daylight per day in October in Australia (Sydney)13
14 hours of daylight per day in November in Australia (Sydney)14
14 hours of daylight per day in December in Australia (Sydney)14

Rainfall in Australia

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
12 days with some rainfall in January in Australia (Sydney)12
12 days with some rainfall in February in Australia (Sydney)12
13 days with some rainfall in March in Australia (Sydney)13
11 days with some rainfall in April in Australia (Sydney)11
11 days with some rainfall in May in Australia (Sydney)11
11 days with some rainfall in June in Australia (Sydney)11
8 days with some rainfall in July in Australia (Sydney)8
10 days with some rainfall in August in Australia (Sydney)10
10 days with some rainfall in September in Australia (Sydney)10
11 days with some rainfall in October in Australia (Sydney)11
12 days with some rainfall in November in Australia (Sydney)12
10 days with some rainfall in December in Australia (Sydney)10
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
124 mm monthly rainfall in January in Australia (Sydney)124
142 mm monthly rainfall in February in Australia (Sydney)142
153 mm monthly rainfall in March in Australia (Sydney)153
118 mm monthly rainfall in April in Australia (Sydney)118
108 mm monthly rainfall in May in Australia (Sydney)108
151 mm monthly rainfall in June in Australia (Sydney)151
77 mm monthly rainfall in July in Australia (Sydney)77
96 mm monthly rainfall in August in Australia (Sydney)96
62 mm monthly rainfall in September in Australia (Sydney)62
91 mm monthly rainfall in October in Australia (Sydney)91
102 mm monthly rainfall in November in Australia (Sydney)102
86 mm monthly rainfall in December in Australia (Sydney)86

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UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in January in Australia (Sydney)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in February in Australia (Sydney)11
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in March in Australia (Sydney)9
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in April in Australia (Sydney)6
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in May in Australia (Sydney)3
UV (maximum) index 2 (Low) in June in Australia (Sydney)2
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in July in Australia (Sydney)3
UV (maximum) index 4 (Moderate) in August in Australia (Sydney)4
UV (maximum) index 5 (Moderate) in September in Australia (Sydney)5
UV (maximum) index 8 (Very High) in October in Australia (Sydney)8
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in November in Australia (Sydney)10
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in December in Australia (Sydney)11
Heat & Humidity
Low heat & humidity in January in Australia (Sydney)L
Low heat & humidity in February in Australia (Sydney)L
Low heat & humidity in March in Australia (Sydney)L
No heat & humidity in April in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in May in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in June in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in July in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in August in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in September in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in October in Australia (Sydney)0
No heat & humidity in November in Australia (Sydney)0
Low heat & humidity in December in Australia (Sydney)L

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

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The climate guide for Australia, represented by Sydney, shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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Australia climate overview

This vast country which is only slightly smaller than the United States lies between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Its laid-back and multicultural society lives mainly in cosmopolitan cities; in the north of the country Aboriginal settlements still also exist.

The interior is desert, punctuated with rocky plains. While Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the most famous outcrop, there are many beautiful rocky canyons and gorges. Very hot and dry summers support only scrub vegetation in the 'Outback'.

The far north has a distinct summer rainy season. Heavy thunderstorms fill raging rivers and waterfalls while supporting lush vegetation, including dense tropical rainforest.

The Great Dividing Range is a string of low craggy mountains at the eastern end of the desert that act as a natural barrier to the hot desert air and shield the main population centres in the southeast. The major cities of Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne in the south-eastern corner have rainfall distributed throughout the year, with warm or hot summers and cool or comfortable winter temperatures.

To the west of the desert is another line of low mountains, which run down to the Indian Ocean. This coast experiences dry and hot summers, tempered by cool sea breezes, while winters are cooler and wetter. The northwest coast is particularly prone to tropical cyclones.

Australia's enormous coastline is varied, ranging from spectacular cliffs in the south, to beautiful sandy surf beaches in Queensland; offshore the Great Barrier Reef forms numerous coral islands and tropical lagoons.

Off the southeast coast is the mountainous island of Tasmania, the coolest part of Australia with the highest number of rainy days per year of any part of the country.

Agriculture is restricted to the country's coastal fringes with huge wheat fields and grazing pastures. Sugarcane plantations are prevalent in the north, while extensive vineyards clad the southeast and the green southwestern tip.

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