Australia and New Zealand Weather Overview
weather variation across Australia is just as wide as the country itself. With Mediterranean conditions in the
south western, tropical conditions in the north and north east, temperate in
the east and arid in the remaining majority- you can be sure to witness a huge
range of weather as your travel across and around the continent. Almost 90% of
with Perth on
the West Coast is where we can begin with the overview of Australian weather.
summers, December to February are long and hot (at time they are scorching,
known to reach above and over 40 degrees in the very height of the summer.)
Rainfall is at an absolute minimum during this period and temperatures are
consistently high. Pert is subject to water restriction rules in which residents
can only water their gardens after 6pm and on selected days of the week
depending on their house number. This is partly due to the decreasing winter
rainfall as well. When previously
Winters in Perth are incredibly mild, the average maximum very very rarely falls below 16 degrees, and central Perth has seen the barometer record sub zero temperatures one only one occasion.
(see average weather conditions for Perth here)
the entirety of
The north of the state sees some great diving spots, which Broome and Exmouth being popular tourist destinations that host some of states most beautiful beaches. Further inland toward Kalgoorlie sees weather conditions getting mildly more extreme, colder nights and hotter days- this is due to the desert nature of the terrain.
you head east you will reach the state of South Australia
the east coast you will find the popular cities of Sydney and Melbourne. The state
of Victoria lies in the lower southeast corner
Melbourne is famous for its very changeable weather, much like
See here for weather averages for
Great Dividing Range stretches for more than 3500km, beginning in the northeastern
up to north east you will reach
(see here for weather averages for Sydney)
the rest of
The East Coast of Australia, particularly around Sydney is prone to flooding, as result of the heavy rainfall that can occur at times brought by the East Coast Lows. There is a low pressure depression which deepens off the state usually in winter and early spring which can bring changeable weather and has been known to cause damage from the heavy rain, cyclonic winds and huge swells.
the north east of
late Spring through to early Autumn, heavy and spectacular thunderstorms occur
here for the weather averages for
in the north amongst these tropical conditions, home you can find the
you head further north the conditions become increasingly more tropical as you
near the tropics.
The Northern Territory and its capital city of Darwin is not as readily visited by tourists as other states in Australia, however it is in the Northern Territory that you will find one of Australia’s most symbolic landmarks- Uluru (Ayers Rock.) In the NT you will also find the states other spectacular natural rock formation Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) which are each major tourist attractions, both more readily visited than the regions capital city.
In the very north of the territory is the
the rest of the country, the weather is more mild toward the coast and
increased in extremities as you head further inland. In the interior of the
state the conditions are harsh and the land is barren, here the days are hot
and the nights are freezing and there is often very minimal cloud cover to keep
you warm at night. However if you head toward the coast, to the capital of
May to September is the dry season and during this period dry sunny days are plentiful, rainfall is very minimal and average relative humidity is a very low 30%.
June and July is when Darwin is at its ‘coolest’ – in saying this the temperature very rarely drops below 14 degrees!
December to March is the ‘wet season’ and during this time you can occasionally
see tropical cyclones and monsoon rains and is when Darwin and surrounding
areas see most of the annual rainfall. This period sees a dramatic change in
the average humidity, with humidity picking up to 70% on average. The hottest
here for average weather conditions for