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Weather for Sydney Australia

Sydney / December 9, 2020

Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers, perfect for making the most of the outdoors. Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall.

Summer (December – February)
During summer, average temperatures range from 18.6 - 25.8°C (65.5 - 78.4°F), and average humidity spikes to 65%. This is a great time to enjoy Sydney’s abundant beaches when water temperatures rise to 21.9 - 23.7°C (71.4 - 74.7°F).

Autumn (March – May)
Autumn is the mildest time of year in Sydney when the humidity drops and average temperatures fall between 14.6 - 22.2°C (58.3 - 72°F). Crisp, fresh air makes autumn the season for enjoying Sydney’s coastal walks. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, which migrate north from May to August.

Winter (June – August)
Sydney’s coolest months are June to August when average temperatures drop between 8.8 - 17°C (47.8 - 62.6°F). Sydney’s rainfall is generally highest in June, with an average of 132 mm (5.2”), while July is the coolest month when average daytime temperatures reach just 13°C (55°F).

Spring (September – November)
In spring, days are warmer but the humidity is not as high as summer. Average daily temperatures range from 11 - 23°C (51.8 - 73.4°F).

Frequently Asked Questions about the weather in Sydney

When does daylight savings occur in Sydney?
Daylight saving begins at 2am, 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 Sydney moves to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), UTC +11.

What time is sunrise and sunset in Sydney? 

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

Is it warm enough to swim during autumn and winter?
In March and April water temperature sits around 22 - 23°C (72 -73°F) so visitors can still make the most of Sydney's beaches. Many locals continue to swim and surf (wearing wetsuits) during winter, when average water temperatures fall to 18.8 - 19.3°C (65.8 - 66.7°F).

Does it snow during winter in Sydney?
Snow in Sydney is extremely rare. Jindabyne is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains and is a 6-hour drive south of Sydney. Snow can also fall in regional parts of NSW including the Blue Mountains, Orange and the Upper Hunter.

How to dress for winter in Sydney?
In winter temperatures rarely drop below 7°C (44.6°F). Dress in layers and make sure to have a waterproof jacket on hand, as June can be rainy. Pack a warm jacket for the evening.

How to dress for summer in Sydney?
Sydney's pleasant summer days and balmy nights means that light clothing is ample. Pack your swimmers - Sydney has an abundance of beautiful harbour and ocean beaches.

What is the Ultraviolet (UV) Index Forecast?
Visitors to Sydney 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.