Living in Australia

Climate and weather

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Australia is a big country, so the climate can vary depending on where you are. The temperature can range from below zero degrees Celsius in our southern regions, to extreme heat in the north.

Visit the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology for current weather conditions around Australia.

The tropical north

Northern Australia has higher average temperatures and greater humidity than areas to the south. The northern regions of Australia are in a tropical zone, with wet summers (the ‘wet’ season) and dry winters (the ‘dry’ season).

The wet season lasts for about 5 months between November and March – it’s hotter than the dry season and very humid due to the amount of rain at that time of year.

The dry season makes up the rest of the year from April to October – these months are usually a bit cooler, less humid, with a higher chance of clear skies.

The southern regions

The southern regions of Australia include places like the southern New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, southern South Australia and south-west Western Australia.

Our four seasons are opposite to seasons in the northern hemisphere, so you can look forward to a hot Christmas!

  • Summer is from December to February
  • Autumn is from March to May
  • Winter is from June to August
  • Spring is from September to November

The Australian sun

The Australian sun is one of the harshest in the world, so no matter where you are in the country, or what the weather is like, it’s important to make sure you’re protected from the sun whenever you’re outdoors.

Keep in mind that sun burn and skin damage is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation – not the heat. This means that UV radiation can be high even on cool and cloudy days.

Here are some simple steps you can take to minimise your sunburn and skin cancer risk:

  • Avoid being in direct sun between 10am and 3pm
  • Use broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that’s at least SPF30
  • Wear a hat that protects your face, ears and back of your neck

For more information about how you can protect yourself from the sun, visit SunSmart.

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