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Weather in Alice Springs

Find information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help plan your holiday in Alice Springs.



What is the weather like in Alice Springs? 

The climate of Alice Springs in Australia's Red Centre is one of extremes, with hot summers and cold winters. Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall.

Summer (December – February)
In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C (60 - 95°F), and can soar to around 40°C (104°F). January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and arid for most of the year.

Autumn (March – May)
Autumn is one of the best times to visit Alice Springs, with warm days and cool nights. Average temperatures range from 12 - 27°C (53.6 - 80.6°F).

Winter (June – August)
During winter, average temperatures fall between 4.8 - 20°C (40.6 - 68°F), with July being the coolest month. Nighttime temperatures can drop below 0°C (32°F) and thick frost on the ground can resemble a carpet of snow.

Spring (September – November)
In spring the weather begins to warm up with average temperatures between 13.8 - 30.6°C (56.8 - 87°F). It can bring spectacular thunderstorms and cool evenings.

Frequently Asked Questions about the weather in Alice Springs

Does Alice Spring observe daylight saving time?
Daylight saving is not observed in the Northern Territory. The time zone in the Northern Territory is Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), UTC + 9 ½. 

What time is sunrise and sunset in Alice Springs? 
December experiences the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 5:40am and sunset at 7:20pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 7:15am and sunset at 5:55pm.

What is the humidity in Alice Springs? 
The average relative humidity in Alice Springs is 24%. Humidity is lowest in September (18%) and highest in June (80%). 

What is the Ultraviolet (UV) Index Forecast?
Alice Springs travellers should look out for the UV index in local weather reports, which describes the daily solar UV radiation intensity. Protect yourself from sunburn by using SPF30+ sunscreen, which is readily available throughout Australia at supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies, and wearing sun-smart clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.

Seasonal weather in Alice Springs

SUMMER

Dec Jan Feb
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
35.3 96 36.4 98 35.1 95
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
20.2 68 21.5 71 20.8 69
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
38 39 44
Avg rainy days
6 5 5

AUTUMN

Mar Apr May
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
32.7 91 28.2 83 23 73
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
17.5 64 12.6 55 8.3 47
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
32 16 19
Avg rainy days
3 2 3

WINTER

Jun Jul Aug
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
19.8 68 19.7 67 22.6 73
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
5.1 41 4.1 39 6 43
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
14 15 9
Avg rainy days
3 3 2

SPRING

Sep Oct Nov
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
27.2 81 30.9 88 33.6 92
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
10.3 51 14.8 59 13 55
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
9 22 29
Avg rainy days
2 5 6

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