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Melbourne Australia Weather by Month

Activities / March 14, 2020

Melbourne may be known for its fickle weather - the city has been described as having four seasons in one day - but it can still be enjoyed all year round. Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall.

Summer (December – February)
Melbourne warms up in summer with mean temperatures between 14 - 25.3°C (57.2 - 77.5°F). These months are dry, with occasional hot spells that can last more than three days. Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January and February, when temperatures can occasionally soar past 30°C (86°F).
Autumn (March – May)
Autumn sees cooler weather with average temperatures ranging from 10.9 – 20.3°C (51.6 - 68.5°F). Morning fog usually clears to welcome fine, sunny days, however toward the end of the season there can be extended periods of light winds.
Winter (June – August)
In winter, average temperatures range from 6.5 - 14.2°C (43.7 - 57.6°F), and snow falls in the north-east of Victoria, known as High Country. The weather is frequently cold and cloudy, and nights can be accompanied by frosts. Heavy rain is rare at this time of year.
Spring (September – November)
During spring average temperatures range from 9.6 - 19.6°C (49.3 - 67.3°F). The season is known as the most variable of the year, when weather can quickly change from calm and sunny to cold and windy. Pack your umbrella – October is the wettest month with roughly 10 days of rainfall.

Frequently Asked Questions about the weather in Melbourne

When does daylight savings occur in Melbourne?
Daylight saving begins at 2 am, Eastern Standard Time, on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April. During this time Melbourne moves to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), UTC +11.

What time is sunrise and sunset in Melbourne? 

December experiences the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 6am and sunset at 8:45pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 7:30am and sunset at 5pm.

What is the sea temperature in Melbourne?
In summer the average sea temperature in Melbourne is 17.4 - 18.8°C (63.3 - 65.8°F).

Does it snow during winter in Melbourne?
Snow in Melbourne is extremely rare. To experience the snow, head to the Victorian High Country, which receive good snowfall throughout winter. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes at Hotham, Mount Buller and Falls Creek.

How should I dress for Melbourne's weather?
In Melbourne the weather can change suddenly so it is good to be prepared – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn as needed. July and August can bring strong, cold north to northwest winds, so pack a windproof jacket.

What is the Ultraviolet (UV) Index Forecast?
Visitors to Melbourne should look out for the UV index in local weather reports, which describes the daily solar UV radiation intensity. Protect yourself from sunburn by using SPF30+ sunscreen, which is readily available throughout Australia at supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies, and wearing sun-smart clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.