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Best time to visit Darwin

The best time to visit Darwin is during the winter dry season which runs from April/May to October.

The dry season is characterised by warm and sunny days averaging a high of 32ºC (89ºF) in April, May, September and October and 31ºC (87ºF) in June, July and August.


Darwin weather

Darwin enjoys a tropical savannah climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and a fairly similar temperature all year round.

The winter dry season runs from April/May to October and is characterised by warm and sunny days averaging a high of 32ºC (89ºF) in April, May, September and October and 31ºC (87ºF) in June, July and August.

Temperatures may peak around 36ºC (96ºF). June and July are the coolest months with an average low of 20ºC (68ºF).

The summer wet season runs from November to March/April and brings hot, wet weather with frequent tropical monsoon rains. January and February are the wettest months.

Darwin is susceptible to tropical cyclones and summer thunderstorms. Temperatures range from 33ºC (91ºF) in November to 32ºC (9ºF) in March, with an average low of 25ºC (77ºF).

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.


Darwin – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 28 28 28 28 27 25 25 26 27 28 29 28
Ave High Temp (°C) 31 31 31 32 31 30 30 31 32 32 33 32
Ave Low Temp (°C) 25 24 24 23 22 20 19 20 23 25 25 25
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Comfort Level High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 85 85 85 75 65 60 60 60 65 70 75 80
UV Index 11 11 11 11 10 8 9 11 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 22 22 20 10 3 1 1 1 3 8 13 18
Ave Rainfall (mm) 420 380 280 100 30 10 10 10 20 60 140 280
Sea Temp (°C) 30 30 30 30 29 28 27 26 27 29 30 31
(Darwin, NT) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.


Latest update: Best time to visit Darwin: 17 January, 2020


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