Melbourne Skyline from Southbank, Melbourne, VIC © Roberto Seba

Weather in Melbourne

Frequently Asked Questions about the weather in Melbourne

Daylight saving begins at 2 am, Eastern Standard Time, on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April. During this time Melbourne moves to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), UTC +11.

December experiences the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 6am and sunset at 8:45pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 7:30am and sunset at 5pm.

In summer the average sea temperature in Melbourne is 17.4 - 18.8°C (63.3 - 65.8°F).

Snow in Melbourne is extremely rare. To experience the snow, head to the Victorian High Country, which receive good snowfall throughout winter. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes at HothamMount Buller and Falls Creek.

In Melbourne the weather can change suddenly so it is good to be prepared – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn as needed. July and August can bring strong, cold north to northwest winds, so pack a windproof jacket.

Visitors to Melbourne 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 Melbourne

SUMMER

Dec Jan Feb
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
24.2 76 25.9 79 25.8 78
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
12.9 55 14.3 58 14.6 58
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
59 48 48
Avg rainy days
11 8 8

AUTUMN

Mar Apr May
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
23.9 75 20.3 69 16.7 62
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
13.2 56 10.8 51 8.6 47
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
50 58 56
Avg rainy days
9 12 15

WINTER

Jun Jul Aug
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
14 57 13.4 56 15 59
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
6.9 44 6 43 6.7 44
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
49 48 50
Avg rainy days
15 16 16

SPRING

Sep Oct Nov
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
20.5 69 22.5 73 24 75
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
10.3 51 13.1 56 15.3 60
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
61 72 81
Avg rainy days
15 14 12

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