Are you thinking of exploring Darwin? Do you know when the seasons are or when to come? Then discover the climate and best time to tour Darwin now!
Darwin truly is a tropical city, with a monsoonal wet and dry season. During the dry season it almost never rains, and in the wet season you can expect torrential rain falls.
The Build Up (also known as Troppo Season), is the period at the end of the dry season when the humidity level sky rocket, but it doesn't rain.
Depending on the season, it can last for several months before the first big rains of the wet season arrive, relieving the pressure.
The Build Up normally lasts from middle-late September until late November.
It is an amazing experience, but not for everyone. As the days go by with hot temperatures and high humidity level, but no rain, you can feel the tension in the air and in the people.
It gets so hot and humid that even sitting outside in the shade you will start to sweat in a matter of minutes.
Finally, normally with a crash of thunder and an amazing lightning show, the first rains come and mark the beginning of 3-4 months of the extreme wet season.
During the dry season it virtually does not rain a single drop for 5 months straight. You never have to check the weather forecast, it will be sunny and between 31-32°C every day!
These are the average yearly temperatures from 1941 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit www.weatherzone.com.au (Darwin)
There are a few things to be noted about Darwin (and all of the tropically areas of Australia).
- Because of the torrential rains, virtually every unsealed road becomes impassable even with the best 4WD.
- Be aware of flash flooding, and never try to drive across a flooded road.
- Cyclones are a possibility, although the chances of one directly hitting where you happen to be are very minimal.
- You cannot go swimming on any beaches due to potential jellyfish stings, sharks, and crocodiles.
- Even though it rains a lot, the nights are very hot and humid. You'll want air conditioning if you want a good night's sleep.
- There will be a lot less tourists during the wet season, and prices are often cheaper than the dry season.
- You can swim at the beaches, but you must still ask locals where is safe; crocodiles will still be about, but they generally only inhabit certain areas.
- Roads become drivable again, but don't get lost in the outback, all the water will be gone and you'll find yourself in a potentially deadly situation!
- There will be no need to check the weather, the days will be sunny and virtually always the same temperature.
- You can forget about cyclones, they only happen during the wet season.
- There will be A LOT more tourists. Expect hostels, hotels, tours, etc to book out early. Please book ahead!
- And be prepared to pay a premium price during the dry season. Due to the number of tourists, business can put their prices up.
- There will be a lot more outdoor events and festivals due to the good weather.
When planning your trip to Darwin, this is what I recommend:
Note: While this page gives a quick guide as to what to expect in Darwin, if you plan on visiting other parts of the Northern Territory I recommend you have a look at the when to visit the Northern Territory 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 is a good idea to know about the area you are heading to!
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