Weather and seasons

Central Australia

Central Australia, also known as the Alice Springs region, has a desert climate making it the perfect region for camping holidays.

  • The average maximum temperature between October and March is around 35°C during the day. The average minimum is around 20°C. 
  • During winter months the average maximum is around 25°C, dropping toward 0°C overnight.

The tropical north

The northern part of the Territory, including Darwin, has a tropical monsoonal climate. There is a dry season and a wet season.

The dry season runs from May to October, when the southern parts of Australia face winter. In the dry, the days are sunny and the evenings are cool. The humidity is low with an average daily temperature around 32°C.

Between November and April is the wet season and the time when spectacular thunderstorms fill the sky. The humidity rises as high as 98%. The temperature can hit 39°C inland.

The wet season is sometimes called the green season. You will experience beautiful balmy evenings, spectacular lightning displays with cooling tropical rainstorms.

The wet season is the north’s cyclone season. Three major cyclones have hit Darwin over the past 100 years.

In the lead up to the cyclone season the Northern Territory Government reminds northern residents of cyclone preparedness. If this happens you need to pay careful attention.

For more information on preparing for cyclones go to SecureNT.

To read more about NT weather go to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Boats in Cullen Bay Marine during lightening storm

Page last updated 7 March 2022