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1. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Hi guys!

If budget permits, I'm hoping to head out to Australia and NZ next year. I'd like a little heads up on the weather though... When is the best time to go? (jan, feb, march, etc). What's the year-round climate like?

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

NZ (north island) gets really warm as of Christmas Day. No kidding - right on the nose! I didn't believe it until the sun woke me up on the 25th and I wore a sundress instead of a winter coat on Christmas Day for the first time ever...

3. Posted by mrffdn (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hi Katie.
Can't tell you much about the weather in NZ but as far as the weather over here in Australia it will all depend on where you go. Being a fairly large country and our location, the weather can vary quite considerably from the north to the south. Generaly, the futher north you go the warmer the climate. This said, Jan, Feb and March is likely to be fairly hot no matter where you go.

Up in the tropical climate of the top end, this time is during the wet season often associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. With an annual rainfall of around 1500mm, during the wet season (Nov to Apr) the humidity is regularly above 75% with a tep range of between 25C to 35C. The dry season (May to Oct) is slightly cooler with lower humidity and much less rainfall. Temps range between 20C to 30C.

Down in the southern states, the climate is much more variable throughout the year. With warm to hot conditions and low humidity in summer (Dec to Feb), and cool to cold weather in winter (June to Aug). In Victoria, where I live, the warmest and driest months are generaly Jan, Feb & March when teperatures can occasionaly reach as high as 43C with almost no humidity and strong hot winds. The average temp rage for summer however, is around 18C at night to 30C during the day. Winter teperatures usualy rage from aronud 5C at night to 15C during the day.

Hope this is of some help to you.

Damian.

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Thanks a lot, guys, this is really giving me some insight! I'm not sure where and when I would go, but it's great to have a general idea!

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Hey Katie, I found a few sites that may be useful to you...
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/
http://home.nzcity.co.nz/weather/Default.asp?c=w
Hope they help! :)

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Thanks CC, those are great sites!

Cheers,
Katie ;)