The climate of Australia can vary a great deal from place to place, although in summer its basically hot everywhere in varying degrees (little weather joke there)
Australia is an essentially arid continent, with 80% of the land having a rainfall less than 600 millimetres per year and 50% having even less than 300 millimetres per year.
Australia is in the southern hemisphere so our seasons are opposite from the northern hemisphere; this means that Christmas in Australia is in summer when its hot, and summers can get quite a bit hotter than they do in the northern hemisphere.
Graphic from Wikipedia under
GNU Free Documentation License
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November
The weather in Australia can range from the below zero temperatures of the Snowy Mountains region to the extreme heat of the northwest.
The tropical north regions of Australia have high temperatures and humidity and distinct wet and dry seasons.
The centre of the country is the dry, desert regions with daytime temperatures that are high, and low amounts of rain.
The southern regions of Australia are temperate with temperatures ranging from hot to cold with moderate rainfall.
The dry climate of Australia, especially in the northern region leads to droughts, heat waves and bushfires. Bushfires are a major cause of concern in Australia.
Where I live at the moment, in Adelaide, the temperature in summer can reach 40 degrees Celsius or over a number of times, sometimes for days in a row not fun!
Ive lived all over Australia, from the bush to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, and the weather is different in all these places from the dry heat of the desert to the humidity of Brisbane.
I've included a Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion table below for those people who understand Fahrenheit more as all temperatures in this site are in Celsius.
If you would like to know more about the climate of Australia's different states and territories, including the average temperatures of the capital cities, or you want to check out some interesting and extreme weather facts about Australia, just click on the links below.New South Wales climate is broad from the mild Sydney weather to the dry heat of the bush in the north western corner of the state.
Return from Climate of Australia to Australian-Information-Stories home page