Weather in Broome

Goombaragin, Broome, WA. © Tourism Western Australia

Weather in Broome

Broome has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and warm winters. From October to April temperatures average around 33°C. Winters (June-August) are mild, with average daily July temperatures around 27°C. Overnight temperatures rarely fall below 5°C at any time of year. The average annual rainfall is 532 mm but sometimes no rain falls for months. January to March is the wettest time of year. Tropical cyclones can occur from November to April, most commonly in January and February. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Broome.

Broome weather is defined by a dry season (May to October) and a wet season (November to April). In the dry season Broome experiences warm days and clear blue skies almost every day with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C. Humidity levels are low and the nights are cool. There is little rain at this time of the year, but the land is lush and green and the waterfalls are in full flow following the wet season. From mid June to mid August is the most popular time to visit, all roads and attractions are usually open at this time.

During the wet season Broome does not experience constant rain fall, but generally heavy, short downpours usually in the afternoons or late evening. Daytime temperatures average around the mid 30°C range. November is the hottest month of the year with high levels of humidity, even at night. Between January and March is the monsoon season, which can bring cyclones, rain and possible flooding. Thunderstorms with spectacular lightning displays are common. During the wet season the Kimberley is transformed. Wildflowers burst into bloom and the wildlife is most active. Many tours operate year round although some attractions and roads may be closed in the wet season. Watch the magnificent sunsets over the Indian Ocean and the white sands and turquoise blue waters of Cable Beach on a camel ride.

The indigenous people of the Broome region, the Yawuru, identify six different seasons. Mankala (December –March) brings magnificent sunsets and amazing lightening displays as the rain replenishes the land. During Marul (April) there is less rain but the weather is still humid and hot. Abundant water in the area encourages rapid growth across the natural landscape. Wirralbu (May) is when the cooler winds blow off the desert. Frost forms at night, marking the beginning of the winter. Barrgana (June – August) is the beginning of the dry season, marked by lower temperatures, starry nights and blue skies. During Wirlburu (September) the days start to warm up, while the nights are still cool. A mist begins to form over the ocean and the region becomes dry and parched. Larja (October) signals the build up of the wet in anticipation of the coming rains. Days are hot and humid. Take a tour with an Aboriginal guide to understand the traditional culture and history of Broome and the Kimberley region.


Climate Chart

Temperature

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

Mean maximum temperature (°C)

33.3

32.9

33.9

34.3

31.5

29.1

28.8

30.3

31.8

32.9

33.6

33.9

32.2

Mean minimum temperature (°C)

26.3

26

25.4

22.6

18.2

15.1

13.7

14.9

18.5

22.3

25.1

26.5

21.2

Source: Bureau of Meteorology, 2013

Precipitation Chart

Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

Mean rainfall (mm)

178.7

179.8

102.8

26.4

26

17.5

7.2

1.7

1.4

1.4

8.9

55.6

607

Decile 5 (median) rainfall (mm)

122.4

166.6

70.8

3.4

4.1

1

0.6

0.6

0.8

0

1

34

550.2

Mean number of days of rain ≥ 1 (mm)

9

9.2

6.4

1.9

1.7

1.2

0.5

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.8

3.8

35.2

Source: Bureau of Meteorology, 2013

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