Melbourne Weather & Climate

Melbourne weather enjoys distinct seasons which are characterised by warm summers, lush springs, pleasant autumns and cool winters. Melbourne bears a variable climate that experiences warm to hot summers (December to February), balmy autumns (March to May), chilly and wet winters (June to August) and mild, albeit slightly cooler springs (September to November). Often described as experiencing four seasons in one day, it is best to be prepared for all weather (pack an umbrella and sunglasses for an afternoon outing). Fortunately, this also means travellers will generally get to experience Melbourne in all its glory, even if not visiting for long.

Melbourne's warmer months fall between December and February and days are often dry and prone to bouts of temperature spikes. Refreshingly, the cooling breezes that gust across Port Phillip Bay help to ease any stagnant heat. June to July are the coolest months while October generally experiences the wettest weather. Average annual rainfall for Melbourne is approximately 600 mm, significantly less than Sydney.

Melbourne can be quite cold during winter and visitors to the city should prepare accordingly. Most similar to a European climate (of Australia's capital cities), it's important that travellers pack thick coats, scarves and hats. As a result, tourists will notice Melbournians sport a distinct style apart from other Australian destinations, fashion influenced by the changing temperatures.

Fortunately, Melbourne is designed to accommodate its fluctuating climate and is a beautiful city to visit any time of the year as a result. Whether you arrive in summer in time for rooftop bars, summer festivals and beach days or you choose to visit in the midst of winter (where you can experience a thriving nightlife and rich culture of arts and food), Melbourne will not fail to impress. The most important thing to remember before your next Melbourne holiday is to carefully consult the weather forecast and prepare for an array of temperatures.

Melbourne Weather Chart

MonthMax Temp in CelsiusMin Temp in CelsiusAv Rainfall mm