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Weather in Darwin

Frequently asked questions about the weather in Darwin

Daylight saving is not observed in the Northern Territory. The time zone in the Northern Territory is Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), UTC + 9.5. 

December experiences the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 6:15am and sunset at 7pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 7am and sunset at 6:30pm.

Visitors to Darwin 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 Darwin & the Top End

SUMMER

Dec Jan Feb
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
32.6 91 31.8 89 31.4 89
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
25.3 78 24.8 77 24.7 76
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
252 426 376
Avg rainy days
17 21 20

AUTUMN

Mar Apr May
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
31.9 89 32.7 91 32 90
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
24.5 76 24 75 22.1 72
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
318 102 21
Avg rainy days
20 9 2

WINTER

Jun Jul Aug
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
30.6 87 30.5 87 31.3 88
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
20 68 19.3 67 20.4 69
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
2 1 5
Avg rainy days
1 1 1

SPRING

Sep Oct Nov
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
32.6 91 33.2 92 33.3 92
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
23.1 74 24.9 77 25.3 78
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
16 70 140
Avg rainy days
2 7 12