Annual Melbourne Weather Overview

Annual Melbourne Weather Overview

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/15/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Known for having four seasons in one day, Melbourne can change from blazing hot days to completely drenched afternoons!

Melbourne is notorious for having unpredictable weather. Situated on the southeast coast it is home to cooler temperatures than the rest of Australia, but it still boasts beautifully warm summers and mild winters. The city is well-known for featuring the best of the four seasons, where summers are extremely hot and winters are chilly. Spring and autumn bring the best colours to the city, but they can be unpredictable in terms of weather. Hot days are interrupted by blustery showers and cool coastal winds, so be prepared for every eventuality.

  • Summer in Melbourne

    Taking place between December and February, summer in Melbourne plays host to warm temperatures and a range of great events and cultural festivals. With high temperatures averaging around 24°C (although soaring much higher in January and February), it’s the perfect place for some summer fun. Rainfall throughout summer doesn’t vary much and is generally very low, which means that forest fires are a common occurrence at this time of year. Luckily, the coastal breeze offers some respite from the higher summer temperatures. Melbourne food and wine festival

  • Autumn in Melbourne

    From March to May, Melbourne is in the clutches of autumn, where temperatures drop and the city takes on a new light-filled with bright oranges and yellows. Average temperatures fall to a very pleasant 20°C during the day, and can plummet to 10°C and lower at night. Autumn brings increased rainfall with it, and May is the wettest month of the year, so be sure to pack an umbrella.

  • Winter in Melbourne

    Despite its tendency for extreme seasons, Melbourne’s winters are relatively mild. Between June and August, daytime temperatures rarely fall below 14°C, but at night you can expect to be greeted by chilly lows of around 6°C. Rainfall is common at this time of year, though it’s more likely to be in the form of a drizzle than heavy showers. Snow is not a common occurrence, unless you’re venturing out into the alpine mountains that surround the city.

  • Spring in Melbourne

    Melbourne starts to liven up in spring as it comes out of its winter hibernation. From September to November, temperatures rise up into the 20s and days are Gelati – Lygon Stoften filled with glorious sunshine. However, despite the lush change in temperature, the weather is often unpredictable at this time of year in true Melbourne style. Whilst you might wake up to beautiful blue skies, the day might end with blustery showers. Strong coastal winds are prevalent during springtime, and there are regularly long hot spells followed by much cooler winds.

No matter what time you visit Melbourne in, there is a chance you’ll get lucky or unlucky with the sporadic opposite weather forecast. Many summer days are filled with rain, and wintertime can offer you the occasional warm afternoon!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.