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Australia Weather

Not Just a Topic of Conversation

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Australia weather is not just a topic to start off a conversation but a matter of real relevance.

On Australia weather you encounter depends the clothing you wear, the trips and sightseeing you plan to do, the sports and other leisure activities in the place you’re visiting, and the very character of life itself.

What to wear in Australia? Here's some information.

What happened in 2011

  • Parts of Queensland, including the city of Brisbane, were hit by rampaging floods in the first half of January 2011, with devastating effects in several areas. Elsewhere on the continent, Australian weather was fairly stable.

  • Brisbane Recovers from Disastrous Floods

  • In late January and early February, instances of flooding were reported in northern New South Wales and in parts of Victoria.

  • Also in early February, the north Queensland coast was under threat from Cyclone Yasi, which made landfall in Mission Beach, closed roads and highways and caused widespread destruction.

  • Cairns Spared from Cyclone Fury

  • By March 2011, Queensland and other parts of Australia looked to have recovered from the natural disasters that had affected them: roads were open, damage had been attended to, and life — and travel — were back to normal.

And now...

Since after Christmas 2011, wet weather continued into 2012, through the end of the Australian summer and the start of autumn.

Again there were instances of flooding in southeastern Queenland and parts of New South Wales and Victoria but not to same disastrous extent of the previous year.

The expectation is that the wet weather will not continue through mid-autumn and into the winter months.

Narrow temperature range

Australia weather is unique in that the average maximum temperature falls within a narrow range. In Sydney, for instance, the average maximum temperature goes from 16°C (60°F) in winter to 26°C (78°F) in summer. The average minimum temperature is from 8°C (46°F) to 18.5°C (65°F).

This does not mean Australia weather doesn’t sink below 8°C (46°F) in Sydney nor rise above 26°C (78°F), but it is a good gauge of what kind of clothing one should wear: lighter clothing in the summer months of December, January and February and heavier clothing in the winter months of June, July and August, except in the more northern latitudes where every day is a summer's day.

Average Australian Weather Conditions by Location

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