Victoria's climate is marked by a range of different climate zones, from the hot, dry regions of the northwest to the alpine snowfields in the northeast. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, often referred to as having ‘four seasons in one day'. Generally the city enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers; mild, temperate springs and autumns; and cool winters. Temperatures average 25°C in summer and 14°C in winter. Rainfall is highest from May to October. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Melbourne.
With its variable climate, Melbourne generally heats up in December to February (summer), cools down from March to May (autumn), is colder from June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring). Melbourne's top temperatures are usually in January and February, when it is mostly dry and hot with averages ranging from 15 - 26°C. The annual average rainfall for Melbourne is around 600mm. June and July are the coldest months, and October is the wettest. A good tip is to be prepared for any weather - take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn as needed.
Melbourne play host to a number of Australia's major events throughout the year. Summer is tops for tennis with major sporting events such as the Grand Slam Australian Open Tennis championship in January. Summer sees everyone outdoors enjoying bayside beaches such as St Kilda Beach and the cooling afternoon breezes off Port Phillip Bay. It's a prime time for enjoying a game of golf on the famous Melbourne Sandbelt.
Autumn is a wonderful time to wander through Melbourne's many parks and gardens when the leaves change into glorious colours. The Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix is held in March. Other major food and fashion events in March include the Melbourne Fashion Festival and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Every Easter (March or April) legends from around the world come to compete at the Ripcurl Pro surfing competition on the Great Ocean Road, at Bells Beach.
In Winter daily average temperatures can drop to 7°C with an average high of 14°C. It is a good time for indoor activities and to explore Melbourne's many art galleries and performance venues. Catch a performance at the Melbourne Arts Centre at Southbank. Discover some of the world's most impressive exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is held in various cosy venues in June. Rug up and join the tens of thousands of locals in the thrill of an Australian Rules Football (AFL) match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In spring, the city comes alive for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australia's most prestigious horse racing event. It is also the time of the year to explore the vineyards and spa country of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.