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.
Anzac Hill, Alice Springs, Northern Territory © Shaana McNaught, Tourism NT
Weather in Uluru and Alice Springs
Find information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help plan your holiday in the Red Centre.
What is the weather like in Uluru and Alice Springs?
The climate of Uluru and 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, 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 Uluru and 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.
The average relative humidity in Alice Springs is 24 per cent. Humidity is lowest in September (18 per cent) and highest in June (80 per cent).
Alice Springs and Uluru 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 Uluru and Alice Springs
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