Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA © South Australian Tourism Commission

Weather in Adelaide

Frequently asked questions about the weather in Adelaide

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.

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

SUMMER

Dec Jan Feb
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
26.8 80 28.5 83 28.5 83
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
15.1 59 16.5 62 16.8 62
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
26 20 21
Avg rainy days
6 4 4

AUTUMN

Mar Apr May
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
26 79 22.1 72 18.6 65
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
15.2 59 12.7 55 10.4 51
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
24 44 68
Avg rainy days
6 9 13

WINTER

Jun Jul Aug
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
15.8 60 14.9 59 16.1 61
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
8.5 47 7.5 46 8 46
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
72 67 62
Avg rainy days
15 16 16

SPRING

Sep Oct Nov
Maximum temp
ºC | ºF
18.4 65 21.3 70 24.4 76
Minimum temp
ºC | ºF
9.2 49 11.1 52 13.1 56
Average hours of sunshine daily
Avg rainfall mm
51 45 31
Avg rainy days
13 11 8