Melbourne Weather Guide

As the Crowded House songs goes: ‘Four seasons in one day...’ and visitors to Melbourne should always be prepared for whatever weather the city decides to throw at them, especially in spring and autumn. Generally Melbourne enjoys warm summers, mild autumn and spring seasons, and cool and crisp winters with half the average rainfall of Sydney or Brisbane.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

Melbourne’s hottest and driest months are January and February with welcome cool afternoon breezes off Port Phillip Bay to ward off the stifling temps. Although there is little humidity, the dry, hot weather can lead to heatwaves with temps over 40 degrees Celsius while summer nights are warm and pleasant. The Boxing Day Test at the MCG and Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam tournament are popular drawcards during these months, as are the beaches.

Average temperatures: 12 -27 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, thongs and dresses.
Don’t forget: A hat, sunnies and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Autumn: March to May

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Melbourne with mild, pleasant conditions during the day and cool nights. March sees the Formula 1 Grand Prix roar into town, while the sunny weather and still warm temps make this an ideal time to explore the lush natural areas of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong and Macedon Ranges for a day trip or short break. Tickle your funny bone at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs through March and April.

Average temperatures: 8 – 24 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering – pants, long-sleeve tops and t-shirts.
Don’t forget: Good walking shoes and a camera.

Winter: June to August

Melbourne’s coldest months are June and July when nightly temps can fall below 5 degrees Celsius and the days alternate between clear skies and damp conditions. This is a great opportunity to head indoors and get lost among the hidden lanes and alleys in the CBD, or check out a first-run musical or temporary art exhibition. The Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival also celebrate indoor pursuits during the winter months.

Average temperatures: 5 – 14 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jackets, scarves, jeans, knitwear and boots.
Don’t forget: Gloves and a beanie.

Spring: September to November

Spring nights are still cool, but the daytime temps warm up to mild and balmy weather in the 20s. October is usually the wettest month of the year, but it’s still a great time to get outdoors to see the gardens bloom. Sports-wise, September is the culmination of the AFL finals, while the Spring Racing Carnival ends in glamorous fashion with the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. The Melbourne Festival of art in all its forms is also on in October.

Average temperatures: 7 – 22 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering – pants, long-sleeve tops and t-shirts.
Don’t forget: An umbrella and a lightweight jacket.