|Australia is in the southern
hemisphere and the seasons are contradictory to
those in Europe and North America. There are 2 climatic zones, the
tropical zone (which is in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn)
and the temperate zone.
The tropical zone (consisting
of 40 % of Australia) has 2 seasons, summer (wet) and winter (dry)
whilst the temperate zone has
all 4 seasons.
November to March (spring to summer)
Hot or warm everywhere, tropical in the north, and warm to hot with
mild nights in the south.
April to September (autumn to winter)
Northern and central Australia have cool nights and clear warm days,
the south has cool days with occasional rain but still masses of
sun. Snow is entirely confined to mountainous regions of the southeast.
Note: For further details, including
climate statistics, please see under individual State entries.
Light weights are advised to wear during summer
months with warmer clothes needed during the cooler
winter period, throughout most
of the southern States.
Lightweight cottons and linens are advised to wear all
year in the central and northern States with warm
clothes only for cooler winter evenings and early mornings.
Sun glasses, sun hats and sun block lotion are suggested all year
round in the north and during the summer months in the south.