Climate of Australia - weather and temperature

Are you planning removals to Australia and wondering what is the climate of Australia? It is difficult to classify the Australia climatic condition owing to the fact different parts of the country has its unique weather condition. The country is a very large and thus it experiences a number of climates. For example, in the Snowy Mountains in Southern Australia, the temperature can fall below zero while it is hot in Kimberley region in the north-west of the country. Consequently, if you are moving to Australia, it is better to know the weather condition of the part of Australia you are moving to rather than trying to know the weather of the entire country.

Unlike most other countries, Australia has different seasonal calendar for different parts of the continent. There is 6 climatic zones in Australia defined by 2 major seasonal patterns. The Temperate zone which has its Summer/Autumn, Winter and Spring, the Grassland climatic zones, the Desert zones, tropical zone, Equatorial Zone and Sub-tropical zones are the 6 climatic zones in Australia both as a country and a continent. The season therefore can vary in each month depending whether it is defined by tropical or temperate.

Climate of Australia

Temperate zones in Australia

As it has been said above, the Temperate zones in Australia are summer, winter, autumn and spring. New South Wales, Tasmania, much if Victoria, south-west of Western Australia and the south-eastern corner of South Australia weather is definite by the Temperate zone seasons. The weather condition is this zone is a reverse of the European season. The summer in this zone comes from December to February which is the time for winter in Europe. The winter in this zone starts from June and ends in August and these months are European months for the summer. The Autumn runs from March to May while the spring runs from September to November. From the above, the Aussie celebrates their Christmas at peak of the summer season unlike in Europe where Christmas is celebrated during winter. The holiday period falls during the summer season.

The temperate seasons affect two zones, namely, Grasslands and Desert. Grasslands also known as the Savanna extends to the Northern Territory’s north of Alice Springs covering the arid as well as the semiarid desert area in the centre. The Desert zone covers a greater portion of Western and South Australia extending to far north western corner of New South Wales, south western Queensland, few portion of the Northern Territory and the arid and semiarid areas located the middle of the country.

The tropic zones in Australia

There are three climatic zones defined by the tropical season which has a wet and dry pattern of climate. These zones are the tropical, equatorial and sub-tropical climatic zones. The equatorial zone covers Melville Islands in the Darwin’s north, the tip of Cape York and Bathurst. Tropical zone runs from northern Australia covering the Northern Territory’s Top End, Cape York, Kimberley region, land south of the Gulf Carpentaria. Sub-tropical zones include the New South Wales northern areas, Cairns along the coast and hinterland of Queensland, Geraldton in Western Australia and the coastal fringe north of Perth.

Weather in OZThe temperature and humidity in these zones is normally high.   There are different wet and dry seasons in these zones. The wet season which starts around November and end around March is called the monsoon season in Australia. It lasts for a period of half a year. The dry season is not as hot as the wet season. The temperature during these six months is between 30 to 50 degrees Celsius. Most places in these zones experience flooding as a result of heavy rains during this season.
The dry season also lasts for a period of half-a-year. It begins in April and ends in October. The average temperature is 20o C. There are clearer skies during the dry season in these zones.

Areas that come under this zone are the capital cities of Southern Australia and they include Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Pert. The minimum and maximum temperatures during the summer season are i6 and 26 respectively while the minimum and maximum temperatures during the winter season are 6 and 14 respectively.

The tropical and sub-tropical temperature is defined by the temperate season. Brisbane and Darwin which come under this category has a minimum temperature of 16 and 23 respectively while the maximum temperatures during the summer season are 25 and Darwin. The minimum and maximum temperature for the inland City of Alice is 20 and 32 representative.

If you are relocating to Australia, it good to do some research at you planning stage, so you are fully prepare for local weather conditions. Is also useful when estimatning total number of the boxes you may shipping to Sydney or other locations.