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Canberra CBD

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Updated 19 December 2014 19:36

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Experience Canberra through four distinct seasons, each with their beauty and charm.

Canberra weather is relatively dry with warm to hot summers and cool winters. January is the hottest month and July is the coldest. Being inland, the humidity is generally quite low and it is generally not very windy.

The city is at an average elevation of 570m (1870 feet) so nights are often clear and can be cool with frosts common in winter. UV radiation can be high, given our altitude and very clean air, so ensure you have adequate sun protection when outside during the day.

Canberra climate

Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities providing a kaleidoscope of colour, activity and experiences throughout the year.

Spring is between September and December when days are glorious. Australia’s celebration of spring is centred around Floriade as over a million flowers bloom with blue skies. Inhale the perfume as trees reveal spring blooms and see our regional vineyards awaken with the first bud bursts. Awake to moderately fresh mornings, bright, sunny days and brisk nights. Canberra enjoys longer sunshine hours in spring than Sydney and Melbourne making it ideal for bushwalking to see wildflowers at Tidbinbilla.

Canberra summers linger from December until early March and deliver endless opportunities to enjoy our great outdoors, especially on Lake Burley Griffin where plenty of water-based sports and activities await. Days are warm to hot, with plenty of sunshine and little humidity, followed by mild, balmy nights.

Autumn falls between March and May and turns the nation’s capital into a true delight as the city’s parks and gardens take on a special appeal. Canberra’s stunning landscape changes as leaves of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson emerge; balanced by the soft greys and greens of native eucalyptus and coniferous trees. Grab your favourite scarf and coat for cool nights and mild days.

Winter arrives in June and lasts until the start of September. It is the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a fire with a big glass of Canberra District cool climate wine. The nights and early mornings are brisk, with frosts and occasional fogs clearing to striking sunny days and bright blue skies. Be refreshed by the pleasure of a bike ride and walks by the lake.

Several times a season, fresh snowfalls cloak the Brindabella Ranges to the west of the city and snow play is often possible at nearby Corin Forest and Tidbinbilla. Check road conditions before venturing out.

Take a welcome break in Canberra on your way to or from Kosciuszko National Park and the NSW snowfield resorts of Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Mount Selwyn and Charlotte Pass.

Canberra seasons

Spring

September 1 - November 30 

Summer

December 1 - Februrary 28

Autumn (fall)

March 1 - May 31

Winter

June 1 - August 31

 

Canberra seasonal daily temperature averages

Season

Average Min*

Average Max*

Average sunshine hours

Spring

6 (40)

19 (66)

8.4

Summer

12 (54)

27 (81)

9.3

Autumn

7 (45)

20 (68)

7.1

Winter

1 (34)

12 (54)

6

* Degrees Celsius Degrees (Fahrenheit in brackets)

 


 
19 December 2014
CHANCE OF RAIN

31 %

RAINFALL AMOUNT

1mm

WIND DIRECTION

NNE

WIND STRENGTH

7 km/hour

VISIBILITY

-

UV STRENGTH

Extreme

Sunny

TEMP HI/LO

31 /11

RAINFALL CHANCE

23%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

1mm

UV STRENGTH

Extreme

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12°

Possible shower

TEMP HI/LO

32 /13

RAINFALL CHANCE

28%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

5-10mm

UV STRENGTH

Extreme

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17°

Late thunder

TEMP HI/LO

28 /16

RAINFALL CHANCE

51%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

10-20mm

UV STRENGTH

Extreme

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16°

Possible shower

TEMP HI/LO

28 /16

RAINFALL CHANCE

48%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

5-10mm

UV STRENGTH

-

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14°

Possible thunderstorm

TEMP HI/LO

28 /15

RAINFALL CHANCE

42%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

1-5mm

UV STRENGTH

-

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Mostly sunny

TEMP HI/LO

25 /10

RAINFALL CHANCE

39%

RAINFALL AMOUNT

1mm

UV STRENGTH

-

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N/A

Mostly sunny

TEMP HI/LO

30 /12

RAINFALL CHANCE

-

RAINFALL AMOUNT

1-5mm

UV STRENGTH

-

Updated 19 December 2014 19:36

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TEMP HI/LO31/1132/1328/1628/1628/1525/1030/12
RAINFALL CHANCE23%28%51%48%42%39% -
RAINFALL AMOUNT 1mm 5-10mm 10-20mm 5-10mm 1-5mm 1mm 1-5mm
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