What to Expect From the Weather in Australia – Part 1
Australia is a large continent and this does play a role in the weather across Australia. The states that are located in the north tend to be warmer than the states in the south of Australia. The continent as a whole is one of the driest on earth and this is evident in the less than 600 millimetres of annual rainfall. The seasons in the north are opposite to those in the south. March – May is autumn; December – February is summer; June – August is winter; and September – November is spring.
Here is what you can expect from the weather in some of the major cities across Australia.
Sydney, New South Wales
The weather in New South Wales is basically pleasant all year round. There are about 340 sunny days per year in this region. Summer falls between December and February and the average temperature is about 26 degrees celcius. It can also sometimes be humid here. Winter falls between June and August and the average temperature is about 16 degrees. The most rain falls between March and June.
Victoria’s weather differs depending on where you are. Some regions are hot (northwest) and some very cold (northeast). The average annual rainfall is less than 250 millimetres in certain parts and more than 1800 millimetres in others. Overall, Melbourne has hot summers; balmy, mild springs and autumns; and coolish winters. In summer the average temperature is about 25 and in winter you can expect about 14 degrees as an average.
Adelaide, South Australia
In the south, you can expect climates that range from dry and hot to milder in the interior. It is wetter in the south and the south-east. In general, Adelaide has hot and dry summers, and wet and milder winters. In summer (January and February), the average rainfall is only about 20 millimetres and in June (the wettest month), you can expect about 80 millimetres of rainfall. The average temperature in inter is about 15 degrees and about 29 degrees in the summer.
Perth, Western Australia
In the north-west, you can expect heavy rain in the summer ‘wet’ season. It is mainly dry in the interior; and the southwest has hot summers and mild, wet winters. The highest rainfall is between May and September. February is normally the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of about 31 degrees. Winter temperatures are normally around 18 degrees.
Check back next week to find out what you can expect from the weather in other areas of Australia in Part 2 of “What to Expect From the Weather in Australia”.