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1. Posted by surf_chick (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I live in England am coming to australia sometime next year. Due to shite weather over here all year round....! i wanna come in the summer. English summer is in June/July/August and winter is in December/January/February. In australia when are the summer months? when is it at its hottest? As i really want to go over and get a tan! heehee!

Thanks, sophie.x

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Winter and summer are at opposite times in the Southern hemisphere. It's a great way to escape the cold :) Of course, even if you came in the Australian winter, you could just stay up north (gold coast, etc) and you would still find some very nice weather!!

3. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Just adding to Pete- be a bit careful if you come to Aus in late Summer especially in the northern regions as that's our wet season. The rain is great to end a stinking hot day, but it's a bit annoying if you want to actually go out and do something!
Down south it rains more during Winter, so it's something to keep in mind!


4. Posted by AWillis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Brisbane or anywhere in queensland in november-feb is hot!!! but its very beautiful and worth it,
if you go to New Zealand, expect weather to be about 20-30, not to hot.

5. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In the southern parts (Melbourne for example), it normally is hot in December to February, but his can extend into March and it is pretty dry. As you go further north, (for instance north of Sydney)December to February is the rainy season. However, there won't be monsoons unless you're in the very north of Queensland and the Northern Territory, it will just rain a bit and be humid most of the time.
Keep in mind that our summer is also a lot warmer than yours, so even in Melbourne you can reach into the thirties on many days, and sometimes into the fourties , before a cool change comes dropping the temp to the low twenties! The temperature up north is more stable than this and even when it rains it stays warm, and doesn't often have the dry fourty-degree days. :) But even if it gets really hot its still nice

6. Posted by Fish_Boy (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I do concur with what those above have said.
Just important to know where the hell in Oz you
are - its a very big continent and you cant catagorise
the weather over the whole flat place :-)

7. Posted by NikkiB (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Just to add to all the advice.
I am also English as was a little confused about all the different times of season, wets seasons etc etc before I headed out here but FYI.
January - Arrived in Sydney, It was nicely warm, shorts and t-shirt weather.
February - Melbourne, bit rainy but still warmish with the odd chilly night.
March - Adelaide, very warm, the Barossa wine valley was hot and the Glenelg beach 30 mins from City was certainly bikini weather but around the city thin skirts and vest top sufficed!
March - Perth, this is when it started getting silly, temps in 40c, just soooo hot. You really notice the difference as soon as you start heading West or North.
March/April- wanted to head to Darwin/Broome but had to head to Cairns instead as Darwin and Broome had serious rain and cyclones!
April - Cairns was very pleasantly warm, sunbathed on the Esplanade and had a brilliant day out on the reef diving.
April - Travelled down the East coast stopping at Magnetic Island/Airlie Beach/Hervey Bay/ Brisbane/Byron Bay - All very warm, maybe the odd shower at night but pretty warm all round.
May - Sydney - Cold, rain, leaves turning brown and falling, wind blowing, temps about 16-17 but going down hill fast.
Hope this helps.....