Best time to visit Darwin

The best time to visit Darwin is during the winter dry season from May to October when you can expect hot, sunny days with little or no rainfall.

Darwin weather

Darwin experiences a hot tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, with fairly similar temperatures year-round.

The UV (ultraviolet) Index is extreme for most of the year. Ideally, you should wear a broad hat and sunglasses, use sunscreen and try to avoid direct sunlight from two hours before and three hours after noon.

What is the best month to visit Darwin?
June through August are the best months to visit Darwin – the climate is perfect with hot sunny weather, clear blue skies and no rainfall. This is the least hot and driest time of year.

The months of April, May and October are also considered good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Darwin?
The hottest time of year in Darwin is usually November, with an average daytime temperature of 34°C (93°F), with high heat and humidity, and a nighttime low of 25°C (77°F).

However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature may reach 35°C (95°F).

The hot season in Darwin lasts from late-September to mid-December, with an average daily high temperature above 32°C (89°F).

Which is the coolest month in Darwin?
July is the coolest month in Darwin, with an average high temperature of 31°C (87°F) and a low of 19°C (66°F).

The 'cool season' in Darwin lasts from early-June to mid-August, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (87°F).

When is it sunniest in Darwin?
The sunniest time of year in Darwin is usually July with more than 10 hours of bright sunshine per day; that's around 87% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Darwin?
Darwin experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 58% – 82% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Darwin?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature.

The average annual dew point in Darwin is 21°C (70°F), and varies over the course of the year from comfortable at 15°C (59°F) to muggy at 24°C (75°F).   

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-August through May, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 50% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Darwin are December through March, with every day in each month muggy or worse.

June and July are more comfortable, but still have around 10 days in each month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Darwin?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Darwin in December, with an average water temperature of 31°C (88°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

You can swim year-round in Darwin, with a choice of swimming pools, beaches, natural rock pools and waterfalls on offer.

However some of these places are also home to crocodiles and box jellyfish, which can be fatal. So check that it is safe, before leaping into that enticing cool water.

Which month has the most rain in Darwin?
January is usually the wettest month in Darwin, with 450mm (18in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 22 days.

The wet season usually lasts from early-November to early-April, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. January and February are usually the wettest months.

Which is the driest month in Darwin?
The dry season in Darwin lasts from April to November; the months of June through August have minimal or no rainfall.

What are the windiest months in Darwin?
The windiest month in Darwin is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilomteres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from around mid-April to mid-August, with average wind speeds of more than 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots).

The calmer time of year lasts from mid-August to early-April. The month with the least amount of wind in Darwin is November, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The predominant wind direction in Darwin varies throughout the year: the wind is mainly from the east from mid-March to mid-September; from mid-September to early-November the wind is most often from the north; and from early-November to mid-March the wind is most often from the west.

What's the likelihood of a storm in Darwin?
Darwin is susceptible to tropical cyclones and summer thunderstorms. The storm season lasts from December to early-April.

There's a 4.3% likelihood of a tropical storm in Darwin during December, and a 4.7% likelihood of a tropical storm in March.

Darwin Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
32 32 32 33 32 31 31 32 33 34 34 33
Average low temperature (°C)
25 25 25 24 22 20 19 20 23 25 25 25
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 6 7 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
13 12 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Comfort level
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
31 28 30 25 19 10 10 14 23 28 29 31
Average dew point temperature (°C)
24 24 24 22 18 15 15 16 20 22 23 24
Average relative humidity (%)
81 82 80 72 63 58 59 61 66 68 72 77
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
22 21 19 10 2 0 0 0 2 7 13 18
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
450 399 275 72 8 0 0 0 5 51 154 240
Average wind speed (km/h)
15 15 13 14 16 16 15 13 12 12 11 13
Average sea temperature (°C)
30 30 30 30 29 27 26 26 28 29 31 31
Darwin, Northern Territories

Source: Meteorological data for Darwin, NT, is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) from the closest weather station: Darwin International Airport (DRW), located 7km (4mi) north of Darwin CBD.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Darwin: 11 April, 2024

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