The weather and climate in Sydney

Thinking of planning a trip or visiting? Do you know what the Sydney climate can be like? Discover what the weather is like so you can plan the perfect trip!

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Unlike tropical parts of northern Australia (which have a wet and dry monsoonal climate pattern), Sydney has the standard four seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring)... or does it?

Manly Beach busy on a hot summers day
Beautiful Manly Beach on a hot summers
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Many people say that it has one of the best climates of all the Australian capital cities, and in many respects, it is hard to argue that fact.

The yearly weather pattern of the city can be described as a little unusual. There is a cooler winter period, and the rest of the year kind of blends in with each other.

Winter gradually warms into spring, then the next thing you know it is a little warmer and summer has arrived, autumn trickles by, before finally heading back to winter.

It is not a tropical climate, yet it is hard to see or feel the passing of the seasons. Some people love it, others like their four seasons to be distinct from each other. So let us have a closer look at the weather in Sydney...




Average yearly temperatures:

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

Avg. Max Temp:
26
26
25
22
19
17
16
18
20
22
24
25

Avg. Min Temp:
19
19
18
15
12
9
8
9
11
14
16
18

Avg. Rain (mm):
102
118
130
126
121
131
99
81
69
77
84
78


These are the average yearly temperatures from 1859 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (Sydney)



Hottest 3 months:
December, January, February
Coldest 3 months:
June, July, August
Wettest 3 months:
March, April, June
Hottest ever:
45.3°C in January (1939).
Coldest ever:
2.1°C in June (1932).

With 8 months of the year averaging 20°C or higher, and only 3 months with an average minimum temperature less than 10°C or less, you can see why many people believe, in regards to the weather, it is one of the best Australian cities to live in.


It is worth noting that most of the rain comes from late summer through to mid-late winter. This is because the city gets a lot of its rain from tropical storms further north, and these tend to mostly happen from January - March.

A girl in a bikini on Manly Beach wearing a Christmas hat
Christmas on Manly Beach, enjoy the
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This brings with it... you guessed it, a high humidity level due to the extra moisture and the sunny summer weather. If you look at the average minimum temperatures from December - March listed above, you will notice that they are especially hot. All four months average 18-19°C. That's a hot night, especially when it is humid and if you don't have air conditioning!

Conclusion:

This is what I recommend:

  • - If you like it really hot (and potentially humid) come during the summer months of December - March.
  • - If you don't like so hot or humid, the months October - November and April - May can be gorgeous. And another bonus is there will be less tourists!
  • - Unlike Melbourne further south, the winter months July - August, while they can be a little chilly at times, also produce some great weather, and with less rain than the summer months!
  • Whatever time of year you decide to come, there is always something happening in Sydney including national and international events and festivals, sporting events, exhibitions, and much more.


Note: While this page gives a quick guide as to what to expect in Sydney, if you plan on visiting other parts of the state I recommend you have a look at the weather and climate in New South Wales 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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