Weather in Australia in August
Is August a good time to visit Australia?
Australia is firmly in the grip of winter in August, but if you visit the “Top End” – Darwin and the coast of the Northern Territory, around to northern Queensland – you would never guess it. The weather in northern Australia is tropical, hot and summery in August. The weather in Australia in August becomes cooler the further south you go, and it is downright chilly in the south-east, where the mountain ski resorts do brisk business at this time of year. Western Australia is cool and wet.
Climate in Australia in AugustThe average temperature for the whole of Australia in August is 7°C (45°F), but this figure is meaningless because the weather differs vastly across the continent. The warmest weather in Australia in August is to be found along the north and north-east coast, where the Gold Coast experiences an average temperature of 21°C (70°F), and Darwin a broiling 31°C (87.8°F).
The snow-covered mountains of Victoria and New South Wales are freezing, but the cities of Sydney and Melbourne are simply very chilly, with top temperatures of around 18°C (64.4°F) and 15°C (59°F) respectively. Across in Western Australia Perth is the wettest city in Australia in August with 118mm of rain falling on average during the month, and temperatures ranging between 18°C (64.4°F) and 8°C (46°F).