Weather in Brisbane

Manly Boat Harbour, Brisbane, QLD. © Paul Ewart & Tourism Queensland

Weather in Brisbane

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with warm or hot weather for most of the year. In summer (December – February), maximum temperatures average around 30°C. The city experiences its highest rainfall in summer which sometimes brings thunderstorms and occasional floods. This is also the most humid time of the year in Brisbane. Winter time is generally dry and mild. Most winter days are sunny with average temperatures of around 17°C. The average monthly rainfall over the year is around 96 mm. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Brisbane.

Queensland experiences more hot and wet seasons or cool and dry seasons than typical summer and winter seasons. From November to May is the wet, hot half of the year. January to March has the highest rainfall. This is also the season for tropical cyclones. If cyclones occur they can bring heavy rains and sometimes floods. Brisbane and Rockhampton receive on average around 450mm of rain from January to March; however temperatures rarely drop below 20°C. This aside, the Brisbane International women’s tennis tournament is held in Brisbane in January.

Autumn (March – May) signals the end of hot summer temperatures and the start of cooler crisp days and nights. While still experiencing warm days, the average daily temperature is between 15-25°C. It’s a good time to scale the heights of Story Bridge on an adventure climb or explore the river close-up on a kayak or paddle board. You can see the Brisbane Broncos play in the National Rugby League at the Brisbane Stadium or the Brisbane Lions play Australian Football League at the Brisbane Cricket Ground from March through to September.

In Winter (June – August) the daytime in Brisbane is usually fine and sunny with mild to warm temperatures averaging 11-21°C. Nights are generally cool, and early morning temperatures can be crisp. It’s a pleasant time to walk and explore the city and its surrounds. Brisbane is a compact city with many walkways, paths and bikeways, which are well connected with bridges linking the major precincts. The Brisbane Marathon Festival is held in August, with runners coming from around the world to compete. From June to November you can go whale-watching in Moreton Bay. The winter months also provide ideal conditions for golf. Play a round at the Royal Queensland Golf Club, on the banks of the Brisbane River, the premier golf club in Queensland and ranked #29 in Australia.

Spring (September – November) is one of the best seasons to be in Queensland with warm, sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes. The climate is similar to autumn, with average temperatures around 15-25°C. The evenings are pleasant but can be cool. It’s a good time of year to enjoy days at the beach or take a sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River. The Brisbane Festival, the city’s major arts festival, runs from mid-September to early October.


Climate Chart

Temperature

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

Mean maximum temperature (°C)

30.3 

30 

28.9 

 27.1

 24.4

 21.9

 21.8

23.1 

 25.6

26.8 

27.8 

29.2 

26.4 

Mean minimum temperature (°C)

 21.3

21.4 

19.8 

 17.3

13.4 

 11.6

10 

 10.5

13.7 

 16.3

 18.6

20.3 

16.2 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology, 2013

Precipitation Chart

Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

Mean rainfall (mm)

47.3 

48.1 

50.4 

 57.3

56.0 

49.2 

 47.6

50.1 

 58.0

66.2 

60.3 

59.3 

 649.6

Decile 5 (median) rainfall (mm)

36.8 

 33.0

38.8 

49.8 

55.2 

42.7 

44.4 

49.2 

52.9 

 66.4

 53.7

52.0 

645.0 

Mean number of days of rain ≥ 1 (mm)

 5.6

5.1 

6.1 

7.9 

9.7 

 9.5

9.8 

10.5 

 10.4

 10.2

8.3 

7.2 

100.3 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology, 2013

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