Climate in Canberra, ACT

Canberra normally faces a continental climate that is dry with summers that are warm to hot, and winters cool to cold with regular frost and intense fog. Winters are generally quite sunny during daytime with some wind. Autumn is the steadiest season, with stable temperature, rainfall and wind. The city is colourful with autumn red, orange and yellow leaves spread all over. Canberra climate makes it ideal as a tourist destination and Australia’s most popular city.

Relative humidity is inclined to decrease as Canberra is not located near the coast but more inland. Because of this, summers are dry with the relative humidity averaging about 38%. Rainfall occurs the most from September to January, with an average of 10 days of rain per month. The highest amount of rain is during September and October with an average of 2.5 inches of rainfall. Snow is rare and is mostly confined to mountain ranges during the winter months, where it stays for a short duration.

When the winter sets in, western winds are brought along with the season. The seasonal change from winter to spring brings about the windiest period of the year. Relatively strong winds can reach up to 15 mph to 20 mph for over 13 days. However, Canberra climate experiences very little wind largely, with only 25 days facing strong winds in a whole year.

Unlike the rest of the world, Australia faces summers when most of the world is facing winter. January is the warmest month in Canberra with daily temperatures averaging about 27°C during daytime and 13°C during nightfall. There are more than 7 hours of sunshine daily, with about 9 hours of sunny climate during summer months of December, January and February.

While most of the world faces warm temperatures, Canberra enjoys cool temperatures in July with the maximum temperature averaging about 11°C and minimum being about 0°C. Roads can get covered with a layer of sleet making it dangerous for driving during the winter.

Canberra’s climate makes it ideal for growing vineyards. The cool climate, with optimal elevation and low rainfall rates during the growing season as well as the harvest makes the region perfect for wine production. Some vineyards are situated as high as 900 meters. The area’s serene, dry autumns with cool nights are ideal for grapes to ripen completely. Other vegetation influenced by the climate includes low grassland and woodland. Eucalyptus is a popular tree in the region.