When is the best time to visit Brisbane?

Are you thinking of exploring Brisbane? Do you know when the seasons are or when to come? Then discover the climate and best time to tour Brisbane now!

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Brisbane, while not technically located in the monsoonal tropics, still displays some very similar weather patterns. You either love the weather in Brisbane, or you hate it, there is rarely an in-between opinion.

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You should expect really hot and humid summers with lots of torrential rains. The cooler winter months all have an average top temperature over 20°C and an average minimum rarely dropping below 10°C!

With many sunny days all year long it is no wonder many people like to call Brisbane home and move there.

It is close proximity to great beaches (unfortunately there are none in the city itself, but with a short car drive you're there) only helps to increase its attraction to people. So let us have a closer look at the weather and what you should expect...

Average Temperatures in Brisbane:



 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Avg. Max Temp:
30
30
29
27
24
22
22
23
26
27
28
29

Avg. Min Temp:
21
21
20
17
14
12
10
10
14
16
19
20

Avg. Rain (mm):
133
142
97
67
64
56
22
45
32
87
104
160


These are the average yearly temperatures from 1999 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (Brisbane)


Hottest 3 months:
 December, January, February
Coldest 3 months:
 June, July, August
Wettest 3 months:
 December, January, February
Hottest ever:
 41.7°C in February (2004).
Coldest ever:
 3.0°C in July (2000).

Brisbane's hottest three months, are also the three wettest. This makes summers a very humid affair. Expect to sweat a lot when not in the air conditioning!



Often the summer rains are torrential, dumping vast amounts of water in short periods of time.

But if you get caught outside when it rains in summer, it is rarely a problem as it is normally very hot, and many people go out into the rain just a get a bit of relief from the heat!

Brisbane's hottest month, January, has a staggering average of 17 days where the temperature is over 30°C, although it rarely goes over 35°C. On the down side, it rains on average 12.1 days in the month.



Conclusion:

When planning your trip to Brisbane, this is what I recommend:

  • - If you like it really hot, humid and rainy, come anytime between November - March.
  • - If hot and humid is not your thing, April is superb, and September - October are also amazing, although late October can start to get a bit humid
  • - Even the winter months are pretty good in and around Brisbane! But if you want to get some serious beach time in, perhaps give them a miss, even though the months of June - August may be some of the driest, with a average maximum of 22-23°C it can get a bit chilly if there is a breeze about.


Note: While this page gives a quick guide as to what to expect in Brisbane, if you plan on visiting other parts of the state I recommend you have a look at the when to visit Queensland page for more details. Australia is a land of extremes with anything ranging from bushfires to flooding. While the chances of these are minimal, it pays to be safe!

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