A Guide and Statistics to Climate in Sydney and the Surrounding Area

If you are planning on visiting Sydney and the surrounding area, it is important to be aware of the climate. This guide will provide you with information and statistics on average temperatures and rainfall so that you can pack appropriately!

Sydney

sydney city area
Sydney CBD Area. Source: canva

Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and is the most populous city in Australia with a population of over five million people.

The city is located on the eastern coast of Australia, enclosing Port Jackson and extending about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) around its perimeter toward the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south, and Macarthur to the south-west.

Climate Data and Statistics (Temperature and Rainfall)

Temperature

Sydney has a temperate climate, with average temperatures ranging from 18-25 degrees Celsius. January and February are the hottest months, while July is the coldest month.

The climate in Sydney is humid subtropical with mild winters and warm summers. The average temperature in summer is around 26 degrees Celsius and in winter it is around 17 degrees Celsius.

The data below the average annual and average monthly maximum, minimum and mean temperatures over the period 1961 to 1990 (source: Bureau of Meteorology)

MonthMax TempMin TempMean Temp
Annual21 – 24 °C12 – 15 °C15 – 18 °C
January21 – 24 °C18 – 21 °C21 – 24 °C
February21 – 24 °C15 – 18 °C21 – 24 °C
March21 – 24 °C15 – 18 °C18 – 21 °C
April21 – 24 °C12 – 15 °C15 – 18 °C
May18 – 21 °C9 – 12 °C12 – 15 °C
June15 – 18 °C6 – 9 °C9 – 12 °C
July15 – 18 °C6 – 9 °C9 – 12 °C
August15 – 18 °C6 – 9 °C12 – 15 °C
September18 – 21 °C9 – 12 °C12 – 15 °C
October21 – 24 °C12 – 15 °C15 – 18 °C
November21 – 24 °C12 – 15 °C18 – 21 °C
December24 – 27 °C15 – 18 °C18 – 21 °C
Average annual & monthly maximum, minimum, & mean temperature. Source: bom.gov.au

Rainfall

The city experiences significant rainfall all throughout the year. Rainfall has a moderate to low variability and has historically been fairly spread evenly throughout the year..

The wettest months are usually in late summer through to early winter, while the driest months are usually in late winter to early spring.

The table below shows the average rainfall for various monthly and multi-month time spans, over the period 1981 to 2010 (source: Bureau of Meteorology).

The data below the average annual and average monthly maximum, minimum and mean temperatures over the period 1961 to 1990 (source: Bureau of Meteorology)

MonthRainfall
Annual1000 – 1500 mm
January50 – 100 mm
February100 – 200 mm
March100 – 200 mm
April100 – 200 mm
May100 – 200 mm
June100 – 200 mm
July50 – 100 mm
August50 – 100 mm
September50 – 100 mm
October50 – 100 mm
November100 – 200 mm
December50 – 100 mm
Average annual, seasonal, and monthly rainfall. Source: bom.gov.au

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