Sydney Weather Guide

Sydneysiders enjoy a moderate sunny climate with warm to hot summers, cool and mild to cold winters and rainfall spread throughout the year. Temperatures can hit the high 30s in summer with lows down to a chilly 5 degrees Celsius in the beachside ‘burbs.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

Summer in Sydney yields the most sunshine with January the hottest month on average. The warm weather means locals and visitors hit the beaches to take advantage of the water temps of around 22 degrees Celsius. Big events include New Year’s Eve and Australia Day when Sydney Harbour is packed out early for the fireworks displays. It’s also the perfect weather for skimpy outfits at Mardi Gras in February.

Average temperatures: 17 – 26 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, dresses and thongs.
Don’t forget: Sunnies, a hat and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Autumn: March to May

Autumn temps are slightly cooler than summer with strong swirling winds through the beachside and city areas. The Royal Easter Show is in town and the autumn racing event Sydney Carnival draws hats and heels to Rosehill and Royal Randwick Racecourses in March and April. The annual creative festival Vivid Sydney is also on with performances from local and international artistic types.

Average temperatures: 16 – 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering – t-shirts, pants, tops and shirts.
Don’t forget: Lip balm.

Winter: June to August

July is the coldest month during Sydney’s winter with daily maximum temps of around 15 degrees Celsius and occasional snow in the nearby Blue Mountains west of Sydney. It’s a great time to check out the exhibitions in the galleries and museums. August is the month when runners from all over the world test their mettle on Heartbreak Hill during the 14-kilometre City2Surf event from the CBD to Bondi Beach.

Average temperatures: 6 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, jumpers, jacket, boots and opaques.
Don’t forget: A scarf.

Spring: September to November

While temps are still cool coming out of winter, the skies are clear and blue during the daytime with enough sun to enjoy the outdoors and seasonal floral explosion. It’s the ideal season to check out Sydney’s national parks and gardens as well as Taronga Zoo. While the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte is amazing all year round, don’t miss the annual temporary outdoor art exhibits of Sculpture by the Sea around October.

Average temperatures: 9 to 24 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering – t-shirts, jumpers, pants and dresses.
Don’t forget: Trainers and a camera.