Sydney's climate

Sydney is renowned for its sunshine and temperate climate, which allow its residents to embrace a year-round outdoor lifestyle. Regional cities near Sydney such as Newcastle and Wollongong share this pleasant climate, as do the pastoral areas that surround the city.

Australia's seasons are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere: winter is in the middle of the year and summer falls the end.

Spring: September to November
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August

Sydney spans a large area between its coastal and inland borders. Sea breezes help regulate temperatures and humidity in the city's coastal suburbs and central business district. Further inland, temperatures in Sydney's west are often more extreme – reaching higher maximums during summer and lower minimums in winter.

Sydney's average temperature ranges are:
January 18.6° - 25.8° c
July 8° - 16.2° c

Sydney's rainfall

On average, Sydney experiences 138 wet days a year and has an annual rainfall of 1,223mm. However, the city is renowned for its sunshine and for good reason: on average, there are only 23 days a year when the sun doesn't shine.

Sun protection

In Sydney it's easy to get sun-burnt, particularly in the hot summer months. To avoid getting sunburnt or overheating, try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 2pm in summer. If you are outside on sunny days, remember to use sunscreen and wear a hat.

More information

For an overview on the weather and rainfall in regional NSW, visit Regional NSW climate.

For detailed climate information on specific locations in NSW visit the Bureau of Meteorology.