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Canberra Weather and Climate

Canberra is situated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), encircled by the state of New South Wales in the south-eastern part of Australia. Its geographic coordinates are 35°S and 149°E.

Canberra occupies the same time zone as Sydney and Melbourne: that is, GMT +10. During summer, from the last weekend in October to the (usually) last weekend in March, the ACT has daylight saving, when the clocks go forward one hour to GMT + 11.

The climate of Canberra is relatively dry, with warm to hot summers (December-February) and cool to cold winters (June-August). Canberra was deliberately located to shield it from the worst winter weather and, as a result it is in a rain shadow, with an average of just 108 rain days per year. The wettest month of the year is October, and the driest is June.

The table below shows average maximum and minimum monthly temperatures in degrees centigrade, and average monthly rainfall in millimetres:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Max °C 27.7 27.0 24.4 19.8 15.3 12.1 11.2 12.9 16.0 19.2 22.4 26.0
Average Min °C 13.0 12.9 10.7 6.6 3.2 0.9 -0.2 0.9 3.1 6.0 8.6 11.2
Average Rain (mm) 60.2 56.1 52.5 48.5 47.0 39.7 41.5 47.3 52.9 64.5 63.3 52.0

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