Best time to visit Lord Howe Island

Anytime. But for the best weather visit in December through to April.


Lord Howe Island weather

Lord Howe Island experiences a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. It can rain at anytime; the driest months are in summer from November to February.

Summer temperatures hover around 25°C (77°F), while winter temperatures (July and August) average 19°C (66°F) with a low of 13°C (55°F).

You can expect moderate easterly winds during summer and fresh to strong westerlies in winter; August is the windiest month.


What is the best month to visit Lord Howe Island?
December, January and February are the best months to visit Lord Howe Island, since this is the warmest and driest time of year, with warm, sunny weather, mainly clear skies and acceptable conditions for swimming.

March is also an acceptable month, although with more rainfall.

Which is the hottest month in Lord Howe Island?
The hottest month in Lord Howe Island is usually February, with an average high daytime temperature of 26°C (78°F) with low heat and humidity and a low of 21°C (69°F)

However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature may exceed 27°C (80°F).

Which is the coldest month in Lord Howe Island?
July and August are the coldest months in Lord Howe Island with an average high-temperature of 19°C (66°F) and an average low-temperature of 14°C (57°F).

When is it sunniest in Lord Howe Island?
The sunniest time of year in Lord Howe Island is normally during the months of November through February. December has the most sunshine, with an average of 8.67 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Lord Howe Island?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Lord Howe Island between January and March when the water temperature averages a high of 24°C (75°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

Which month has the most rain in Lord Howe Island?
June is usually the wettest month in Lord Howe Island with 166mm (6.5in) of rainfall on average, distributed across no fewer than 17 days.

The wettest months last from March through July. However, it can rain at anytime in Lord Howe Island.

What is the windiest month in Lord Howe Island?
July is usually the windiest month of the year with an average wind speed of 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph; 13 knots).

Between February and April, the predominant wind direction in Lord Howe Island is from theĀ east, with a change in May and June from the south.

The wind is from the west-south-west during the months of July, August and September.

In October, the wind is predominently from the north-east, then changes to coming from the east-north-east from November to January.


Lord Howe Island Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
25 26 25 23 21 20 19 19 20 21 22 24
Average low temperature (°C)
20 21 20 18 16 15 14 13 14 16 17 19
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
71 68 69 68 67 66 68 65 68 67 69 68
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 9 6 4 3 3 4 6 8 11 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
9 9 11 13 14 17 17 15 12 9 9 9
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
107 105 130 137 150 166 146 110 112 101 112 100
Average wind speed (km/h)
22 23 22 21 21 22 24 23 22 20 21 21
Average sea temperature (°C)
24 24 24 23 22 20 19 19 19 20 21 22
Lord Howe Island, NSW

Source: Meteorological data for Lord Howe Island is based on weather statistics gathered for the 34-year period 1988 to 2022 by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) from the closest weather station: Lord Howe Island Airport (LDH).

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 Lord Howe Island: 10 May, 2024


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.



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