Climate of Sydney Australia

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Wondering about the climate of Sydney Australia? Here is an indication about the weather in Sydney, the rainfall and some extreme weather patterns.

We live in the dryest continent on earth but Sydney has quite a nice weather, not too warm and not too cold either.

Of course there are years with scorching summers and others very wet. Bushfires can happen and floods too. Gusty winds, hail and storms come and go. So we can have them all.

The Weather in Sydney

Weather in Sydney is great and lets you enjoy an outdoor life style for most months of the year. Even in winter.

There are though some exceptions when winter temperatures drop significantly. Which means they go down to 2 - 3 degrees Celsius (35 - 37oF)in the morning or at night. This is quite low compared to standard weather in Australia.

The average minimums of winter are around 9 degrees Celsius (48oF). But Sydney temperature rises quickly during the day up to 17 - 19 degrees C (62 - 66oF), and there are really just a few chilly days.

Summer is very enjoyable with the thermometer generally showing around 25 degrees Celsius (77oF).

Summer has its extremes too, but seldom, just a couple of really scorching days per year where the heat can go up to 40 degrees Celsius (104oF)or more.

Here's more about Sydney Australia weather.

There are on average 20 sunny days each month in this city. The month with the highest rainfall (above 100 millimetres) is June, followed by the autumn months of March and April, and then by February and January in summer.

Climate of Sydney Australia - Storms and Bushfires

September appears to be the driest month.

And it is the month when the bushfire season starts and continues well into summer. When Sydney temperature rises too much, bushfire alerts can be set to high, as fire can spread very quickly.

With many houses built next to a bushland area, inhabitants need to have a plan in place and take a decision early whether to leave or stay to defend their homes.

To reduce accumulation of leaves and dead wood, firefighters do back burning in spring. You sometimes see and feel the smoke covering Sydney skies.

climate of sydney australia - back burning smoke cloaking the sun Eerie sunset after a day of back burning

Severe thunderstorms happen from time to time. And sometimes they bring hail.

Popular belief has it that the windy season is in August but storm can come unexpectedly and produce significant damage. Trees fall, power lines are cut.

One of the most damaging storms occurred in Sydney in April 1999, with massive hailstones in the eastern suburbs. This is considered to be one of the most costly natural hazard in the history of Australia.

Another sudden storm happened in December 2007 on a hot day. Rain came unexpectedly. It was just a brisk outpouring in the suburbs on the coast but brought hail to the north - western area. It damaged roofs and dented cars.

Generally rains have a short duration, that is why they are often called showers - they happen very quickly and in patches. Walk around a few blocks and you may not need the umbrella any more.

Climate of Sydney Australia - Red Dust Storm

Below is a Sydney suburban street enveloped in a thick orange haze. A red dust storm, caused by strong gusty winds, hit the Eastern coast at dawn. The whole city had a ghostly appearance, with low visibility and major delays in transport.

climate of sydney australia - red storm A red dust sorm covered Sydney on 23 September 2009

While not good for health, the weather phenomenon was quite interesting. And the sunrise was dramatic, with colours changing fast from glowing red to orange to pink to yellow.

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