How hot can it get in Australia
Summer hot, winter cool
hot and tropical
hot and subtropical
moderate winter rain
North: tropical, hot and humid
South: subtropical to warm temperate.
Inner continent: dry like a desert
Sufficient precipitation in the north (monsoons), east (passatic stagnant precipitation) and in the south-west and south-east (cyclonic winter rains).
North of a line between Brisbane and Alice Springs, the country is roughly divided into two halves by the Tropic of Capricorn. In the north the Tropics, in the south the temperate climate zone.
The dry inland around Alice Springs and Ayers Rock ("Red Center") forms its own climatic zone. The seasons are shifted to the European by half a year.
There are two seasons in the Australian tropics:
- The dry season from May to October - warm to hot and dry.
- The Rainy season from November to April - muggy, it doesn't rain every day, but when it does, it is often very heavy.
Summer - in the north: rainy season
During the rainy season there may be short-term road closures due to heavy rains. For example, there are only a few paved roads in the Kimberleys - particularly Highway 1 and the connections to the Derby communities. Heavy rains, especially in the Fitzroy, Ord and Victoria Rivers, can lead to longer closures of the Highwya, as bridges or fords (floodways) are flooded. So it cannot be ruled out that you might get stuck in Kununurra for 2 weeks during the rainy season, as the Victoria River Bridge to NT and Fitzroy Crossing or Willare Bridge and Ord River Floodway at Bedford Downs are flooded.
Current information on the road conditions and forecasts of the weather development can be obtained from the tour tool
Background information on cyclones
Summer - in the south: hot & dry
The last big heat wave before was in 2009: In South Australia the thermometer in Adelaide at the end of January 2009 showed 46 degrees - 17 degrees more than usual for the daily maximum value. In Melbourne, on January 30th, 2009, the power grid for 600,000 residents allegedly collapsed due to excessive use of air conditioning.
The inhabitants of the fifth continent are used to extreme heat waves. There were great heat waves in Australia in 2000, 2003 and 2004, among others. Midsummer is also the time for bush fires in Australia.
Information on bush fires
The government under John Howard, which was in office until 2007, long refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change because it was not in the "national interest". The Labor Government finally signed the protocol in 2008. In terms of population, Australia is the world's largest polluter and is also the world's largest exporter of coal.
The Australian Greenhouse Office offers a unique overview of the renewable energy locations in Australia on its website. The overview maps are based on publicly available data and show the locations of renewable energy systems with capacities over 3 KW. The entire south-east coast of the continent is by far the strongest. There is some catching up to do in other regions.
Australian Greenhouse Office website
Current weather data
Long-term mean temperature distribution
Distribution of precipitation in Australia
Australia's vegetation zones and the drought problem
The most suitable travel times for the different regions of Australia
Regional climates in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Exmouth, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Bureau of Meteorology (e)
Number one source for meteorological information. Current satellite images, weather forecasts (even in extreme weather conditions such as forest fires and heavy rainfall), climate overviews, tables, graphics and much more. more.
European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (e)
Whether it will rain above or below average in Australia in the next 3 months is certainly not only of interest to the farmers, who are in some places heavily plagued by drought. The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts dares to make the forecast using a complex mathematical model. The simple version of the current seasonal weather forecast can be accessed as a graphic on the Internet.
World Climate (s)
Very good source of information about various climate data. Very clearly laid out. Just enter the place name and the server will list the data sources.
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