The weather and climate in New South Wales

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New South Wales is a big state, and has a few different weather zones. Much of the east coast is what you'd typically expect in Australia, hot summers, lots of sun, and fun at the beach. However, moving westwards, you get into some really dry areas, and even venture into desert.

Map of where Sydney, Broken Hill and Byron Bay are in NSW

If you are wondering when is the best time to travel or visit the east coast of the state, I recommend you visit the weather and climate in Sydney page. It will give you a good idea of what to typically expect in this area.

If you want to know about the northern coastal parts of the state (such as Byron Bay or the Tweed Heads area, which is 770 kms north of Sydney), it would be best to visit the when to visit Brisbane page as Brisbane is located just over the border and both areas share the same sub-tropical classification.

However, if you are wanting to venture to inland NSW, this is the page for you! This page will be dealing with temperatures and the climate in and around Broken Hill, a small inland city near the border of South Australia. This will give you a very good indication of what to expect of in drier inland parts of NSW.




Average Temperatures central western NSW (Broken Hill):

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

Avg. Max Temp:
33
32
29
24
19
16
15
18
22
25
29
32

Avg. Min Temp:
19
18
15
11
8
6
5
6
8
12
15
17

Avg. Rain (mm):
25
26
22
17
23
22
19
19
20
25
21
22


These are the average yearly temperatures from 1960 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (Broken Hill)



Hottest 3 months:
December, January, February
Coldest 3 months:
June, July, August
Wettest 3 months:
January, February, October
Hottest ever:
46.8°C in January (2001).
Coldest ever:
-2.2°C in August (1994).

You can see that this area still follows the typical four season climate of southern Australia, even though it is in a desert area. There isn't really a wet time of year in western NSW, it tends to be spread over the whole year. With the highest average monthly rainfall only 25.4mm it shouldn't be a major problem for you unless you are out driving on unsealed outback roads.

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The thing that should be noted is the extremely hot weather during the summer months (for example, January averages 33 during the day, and a sweltering 19°C during the nights). If you plan on heading into desert areas you should visit the Survive driving in the Australian Outback page to get a crash course in outback survival should your car break down or get bogged.

The thing about most of Australia is that you should expect the unexpected. If you are in the Broken Hills area during a summer heat wave, it could still easily be over 25°C at midnight! And during the winter months the temperature often drops below 0°C overnight, although it won't snow.

Conclusion:

This is what I recommend:

  • - If you like it hot, really hot, come during the summer months of November - March.
  • - If you don't like it so hot, come during spring (September - October), or autumn (April - May).
  • - Unless you like it cold (really cold at night), avoid the winter months (May - August).
  • - My verdict, March and April are the best months to come. They are not too hot (although there can still certainly be very hot days) and the rainfall is minimal.


Note: New South Wales is a big place. While this page gives a quick guide as to what to expect, and when I recommend you should visit the western part of the state, it is always a very good idea to check the local weather forecast before heading somewhere new. 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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