Daylight saving begins at 2am, Central Standard Time, on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3am Central Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April. During this time Adelaide moves to Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), UTC +10.5.
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission
Weather in Adelaide
Find information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Adelaide.
What can you expect from Adelaide weather?
Adelaide experiences mild winters and a warm, dry summer. It has an average maximum temperature of 29°C (84.2°F) in summer and 15 - 16°C (59 - 60.8°F) in winter. Plan ahead with our information on temperature and rainfall.
Summer (December – February)
During summer (one of the best times to visit Australia), average temperatures range from 16.7 - 28.6°C (62 - 83.5°F) and rainfall is sparse. Occasionally temperatures can soar to 40°C (104°F). Adelaide enjoys the lowest humidity of any Australian city.
Autumn (March – May)
In autumn, the weather is pleasant with average temperatures between 12.7 - 22.7°C (55 - 73°F) and very little rainfall. The city and countryside take on a red, orange and golden hue.
Winter (June – August)
In winter, average temperatures drop to between 8 - 16°C (46.5 - 60.8°F), and frosts are common in the nearby Adelaide Hills. June is the wettest month, averaging around 80 mm (3.1 inches), however Adelaide is the driest of all the Australian capitals.
Spring (September – November)
Spring sees weather warm up with average temperatures between 11.8 - 22°C (53.2 - 71.6°F). Rainfall is low but evenings can be quite brisk as temperatures drop quickly.
Frequently asked questions about the weather in Adelaide
December experiences the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 6am and sunset at 8:30pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 7:20am and sunset at 5:15pm.
In summer the average sea temperature ranges from 19.7 - 21.2°C (67.5 - 70.1°F).
Snow in Adelaide is rare. Occasionally parts of South Australia receive a light dusting of snow, including Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.
Mornings and evenings can be brisk so make sure to pack a thick, warm jacket. Wear layers that can be worn as needed.
Summer brings pleasant temperatures, which can remain high even at night. Pack light clothing such as shorts and t-shirts, and don't forget to bring your swimmers!
Visitors to Adelaide 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 Adelaide
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