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Darwin Weather and Climate

Darwin and the Northern Territory have just two seasons: the Wet and the Dry. The Wet is summer (November-April) when the region is hot, humid and rainy, while the Dry (May-October) is almost as warm, but not nearly so humid. The Top End gets just 7% of its rainfall during the Dry, which is the peak tourism season.

Darwin Airport Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Daily Max Temp (deg C) 31.8 31.4 31.9 31.7 31.0 30.6 30.5 31.3 32.5 33.1 33.2 32.5
Mean Daily Min Temp (deg C) 24.8 24.7 24.5 24.0 22.1 20.0 19.3 20.5 23.1 25.0 25.3 25.3
Mean Rainfall (mm) 423.3 361.1 319.3 98.9 26.5 2.0 1.4 5.7 15.4 70.7 141.8 247.9

However, the sort of adventurous spirit that brings you to this part of the world in the first place might just convince you that the Wet is the time to come. From October the humidity and rainfall steadily rises, reaching a peak in January. Some locals will tell you it’s the best time of the year, when everything has turned a rich tropical green, the waterfalls are full, the floodplains teem with life, no dust pollutes the atmosphere, prices have dropped, and most afternoons are characterised by brilliant electrical storms. Some roads become impassable at this time of the year, but the main attractions such as Kakadu have sealed roads that usually remain open throughout the year. However, it’s also possible that a cyclone will hit the area, causing road closures and transport problems.

Late in the Wet, or early in the Dry (March-May) is a more practical time to visit. The rains have diminished somewhat and the humidity is beginning to drop. However, daily maximum temperatures will still be around 30°C (86°F).

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