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Melbourne Weather Guide For Autumn

The weather in Melbourne begins to change rapidly throughout the autumn months. Most days start out cloudy but by around 9:30-10am, the cloud clears and the sun takes over.

While March has only slightly cooler weather than February, April (but more so in May) begins to become much cooler.

It's worthwhile visiting Melbourne during the autumn since the mild temperatures and relatively low amounts of rain allow you to pursue all sorts of outdoor activities.



Weather in Melbourne in March


Beatiful photo of a autumn night in Melbourne

In the first couple of weeks in March you can still expect to see at least one or two days when the maximum temperature may reach 38°C. There will be some fluctuations in the maximum temperatures from day-to-day but it won't be extreme like what normally occurs in both January and February.

On most days near the start of the month, maximum temperatures will approach 30°C but by the end of March there will be a couple of days when the maximum temperature only reaches about 18°C. As you already know, Melbourne weather is very changeable.


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during March
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
53.2 12.4 24.0 13.0
(Recorded on the 31st Mar 1978)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
45.1 12.8 23.7 14.5
(Recorded on the 31st Mar 1978)
Melbourne city 50.2 13.2 23.9 12.0
(Recorded on the 21st Mar 1931)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
35.0 12.5 23.6 14.2
(Recorded on the 10th Mar 1946)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
36.0 12.6 24.0 12.7
(Recorded on the 29th March 1973)

The lowest recorded temperatures occur just around sunrise. Near the start of March, there will be a couple of nights when the minimum temperature drops down to about 9-10°C but normally the temperature hovers between 12-15°C. There's normally very little wind and rain at night time so you can wander the city streets without having to dash undercover to escape the Melbourne weather...But remember, the weather in Melbourne is unpredictable at times, so look to the sky. If there's no stars at night, then take your umbrella.

During the day, Melbourne still receives plenty of sunshine. There will be the odd morning in March when you will wake up to cloudy conditions but by mid-morning these clouds will disperse and the sun will stick around for the rest of the day. March is a great time to check out the beach since there's not as nearly as many people compared to what it was like during the summer months.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during March
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low Moderate
(Only before or just after a cool change)
Low Low High
(Mainly near the start of March)

Melbourne starts to see a little bit more rain in March since slightly stronger cold fronts begin to affect the southern coastal areas of Australia. However, this may only occur once or twice in March, but these cold fronts become more frequent as autumn progresses towards winter.

Generally, the eastern suburbs of Melbourne is the main area that receives the most rain during this time.




Weather in Melbourne in April

The weather in Melbourne begins to become quite a bit cooler throughout April. You shouldn't experience any heat waves and as such there should be no days when the daytime temperature rises above 36°C. The warmest locations in Melbourne during the daytime occurs in areas that receive the least amount of rain, such as the western and north western suburbs. For most of the time, expect daytime temperatures to hover around 22-26°C near the start of April and dropping down to 16-19°C by the end of the month.


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during April
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
66.5 10.0 19.9 10.3
(Recorded on the 28th April 2008)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
62.4 10.4 20.1 12.2
(Recorded on the 7th April 1995)
Melbourne city 57.4 10.7 20.3 8.9
(Recorded on the 15th Apr 1900)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
46.3 9.8 20.2 11.0
(Recorded on the 21st Apr 1960)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
44.8 10.1 20.2 11.7
(Recorded on the 7th Apr 1995)

At the beginning of April, you can expect that many mornings will start out cloudy but this clouds should clear by 10am and the rest of the day will remain sunny. However, by the middle and end of April, there will be as many days with cloud as there are days without.

Cold fronts begin to make their presence felt by the middle of April and this often heralds the end of the warm weather in Melbourne until mid-October. These cold fronts bring much lower daytime maximum temperatures, as well as rain and strong winds. Since these cold fronts move in quickly, you may have little warning of their arrival, so it's best to carry a warm, windproof jacket and an umbrella.

Most of the rain associated with these cold fronts occurs over the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. These cold front leave as quickly as they arrive. In their wake, you can expect night time temperatures dropping down as low as 5°C over the western suburbs and about 7°C elsewhere. These overnight will rise a little once the cold front moves completely away.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during April
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low Moderate
(Only before or just after a cool change)
Low Low Moderate
(Mainly near the start of April)

The weather in Melbourne is very changeable during April and so you're sure to get a mixture of sun and cloud throughout your stay and of course a little bit of rain. Most of the rain in April is light to moderate in intensity. It will be quite unusual if you see any very heavy rain in April since heavy rain only occurs in conjunction with a thunderstorm. Although, when a cold front passes through Melbourne, there may be a line of thunderstorms embedded within the cold front and this may cause very heavy rain and strong winds.




Weather in Melbourne in May

By May, the weather in Melbourne will become noticeably less sunny and many days will be subject to prolonged cloudiness. In fact, May is the cloudiest month of the year since the frequent passage of cold fronts guarantees this. You will see some sun, but there won't be much.

Check out the Melbourne weather conditions across the suburbs for May below:


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during May
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
90.2 8.3 16.2 7.2
(Recorded on the 31st May 1977)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
71.5 8.6 17.0 8.4
(Recorded on the 31st May 1977)
Melbourne city 56.2 8.6 16.7 8.3
(Recorded on the 31st May 1977)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
47.4 7.8 16.8 8.5
(Recorded on the 31st May 1977)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
41.0 8.3 16.6 8.0
(Recorded on the 31st may 1977)

Both the night and daytime temperatures will continue to fall but you shouldn't find the weather in Melbourne unbearably cold. At the start of May, overnight temperatures will hover around 9-10°C. However, if there's a cold front, overnight temperatures will drop down to about 5°C in the suburbs. The city is usually warmer at night than the surrounding suburbs in May. By day, the maximum temperature at the beginning of May should rise to about 17-18°C. There might be one or two days as well when the daytime maximum rises to 22°C near the start of the month.

By mid-to-late May, overnight temperatures will hover around 7-8°C in the suburbs and between 8°C and 9°C in the city. During the day, maximum temperatures should rise to about 15-16°C. Of course, the night and daytime temperatures will not be exactly the same each day, but compared to the summer months, these temperatures won't vary by more than 3-4°C.

With the exception of the city and Melbourne Airport, there's normally a little bit more rain than April across Melbourne's suburbs, particularly over the southern and eastern suburbs. This rain certainly won't be enough to ruin your holiday but it can be a nuisance. If you're planning to travel to Melbourne in May, then make sure you pack warm windproof and rainproof clothes. Also, don't forget to take an umbrella.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during May
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low High
(Only before or just after a cool change)
Low Low
Low

The weather in Melbourne can be quite wild and windy during May.. For this reason, even though the temperature may not be overly cold, when the wind picks up you'll certainly feel the wind chill and so make sure that you always carry some form of windproof clothing.




Weather in Melbourne in the winter months

While Melbourne weather conditions during the winter aren't as cold as those locations at similar latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, it still can feel quite cool if you fail to bring warm clothing. Many houses in Melbourne aren't well insulated and so when the colder weather hits, the house can become quite cold. It's for this reason you may actually feel colder here than you would back home. (I'm talking about those who live in the central and northern parts of Europe as well as the central/northern United States and Canada).

Also during the winter, expect temperatures at night to range from 4 to 7°C and by day, it normally rise to around 13°C. The outlying suburbs are cooler at night and can drop down to 0°C (32°F). Melbourne city is normally a lot warmer at night in the winter time due to heat island effect.

Melbourne doesn't receive snow in the winter except on very rare occasions. However, the Dandenong Ranges (east of Melbourne) receives at least two snowfalls during the winter.




Weather in Melbourne in June

June is the beginning of winter in Melbourne and for most of the time, Melbourne weather conditions are not too cold. . Although, there will be one or two days when the daytime temperature fails to rise above 11°C, but thankfully such temperatures don't last long. If you plan to visit here for a holiday, all of the hotels and motels are much better insulated than the residential homes and so you'll be nice and warm indoors.

If you're planning to stay in the city at night, then you will be located in the warmest part of Melbourne. In fact, Melbourne city is often one of the warmest locations in all of Victoria at night time due to the heat island effect. By comparison, the outer eastern, western and northern suburbs typically experience overnight temperatures that are 2-5°C cooler than the city.

Please refer to the table below if you want to check out what the weather in Melbourne is really like in June:.


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during June
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
69.3 6.3 13.5 5.7
(Recorded on the 19th June 1975)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
56.4 6.7 14.2 8.2
(Recorded on the 19th June 1975)
Melbourne city 49.2 6.9 14.0 5.3
(Recorded on the 23rd June 1878)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
38.3 5.8 14.2 6.6
(Recorded on the 20th June 1950)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
38.0 6.2 13.6 6.2
(Recorded on the 19th June 1975)

During the daytime, maximum temperatures range between 13-15°C. Of course, there will be 3-4 days when the maximum temperature may reach as high as 17°C and as low as 12°C. But normally, the maximum temperatures are fairly stable at this time of year.

If you're looking for plenty of sunshine, then unfortunately that is something you won't see too much of. There maybe 5-6 days when the sun shines all day but for most of this month, it will be mainly cloudy. If you're lucky, you may see some glimpses of sunshine during the afternoon. If you want to see the sun, you need to get out of Melbourne and go to the far eastern or northern parts of Victoria or head interstate.

The weather in Melbourne during June is damp and cool. There is some rain about but most of the time, the rain is quite light. It normally rains enough in June to make you wet, so make sure that you bring some rain proof jackets if you plan to spend some time outdoors. However, if there's a strong cold front passing through Melbourne or there's a lot of cloud moving in from the north west (known as the north west cloud band), then the rain will become quite heavy for a number of hours. As you can see from the above table, the eastern side of Melbourne normally records more rain than anywhere else in Melbourne.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during June
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low Moderate-to-high
(Only before or just after a cool change)
Low Low Low

It certainly can get windy in June in Melbourne. Most of the wind is associated with the arrival of a strong cold front and this combined with the rain can the make the day look miserable. So it may be wise to bring a wind proof jacket so you don't freeze in the wind. However, it won't be windy all the time, there's just as many calm days as windy ones in June.



Weather in Melbourne in July

July is the coldest month of the year in Melbourne. You can expect that the overnight temperatures will drop down to around 5-9°C during the early part of July and between 4-7°C from mid to late July. There will be at least 5-7 nights when the temperatures drop low enough for you to see some frost patches in the morning.

The coldest overnight temperature occurred in the morning of the 10th July 2013, when it dropped to minus 1.5°C. This occurred in the western suburbs of Melbourne around Laverton. In contrast, recently, Melbourne city recorded a maximum temperature of 23.3°C on the 18th July 2013, which is officially the highest ever recorded maximum temperature for July since records began.

You may see fog on at least 4-8 mornings during July, especially if you're staying in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. On such days, there will be problems with aircraft landing and taking off at Melbourne airport so just beware of this.


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during July
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
74.4 5.7 12.9 4.2
(Recorded on the 8th July 1973)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
63.9 6.0 13.6 6.6
(Recorded on the 7th July 1973)
Melbourne city 47.7 6.0 13.4 4.4
(Recorded on the 4th July 1901)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
39.4 4.9 13.6 6.5
(Recorded on the 12th July 1954)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
36.3 5.3 13.0 5.7
(Recorded on the 3rd July 1984)

During the day, the first week of July is typically warmer than the rest of the month. There will be at least one day when the temperature rises as high as 17-18°C, but most days will see maximum temperatures hovering between 12-15°C. Generally the coldest temperatures during the day occur around Melbourne airport since this area is quite exposed to the wind and in this area there will be a couple of days when the maximum temperature doesn't exceed above 10°C.

If you're looking for plenty of sunshine then this is the wrong time of year to visit Melbourne. The weather in Melbourne is normally overcast with light drizzle during the morning and overnight and it remains fairly cloudy throughout the day. Like June, there will be the odd day when there's no clouds in the sky and you wonder where winter has gone, but on the whole, there's more cloudy days than clear ones.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during July
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low Moderate-to-high
(Westerly winds begin to dominate from mid-to-late August)
Low Low Low

* - With regards to the humidity levels; relative humidity does not represent how much moisture is in the air, rather it's a measure of how close the air is to saturation. That's why relative humidity is expressed as a percentage. The term mixing ratio is a far more accurate measure of water vapour content in the atmosphere. I use the term humidity in the tables above to mean the mixing ratio.

There is a common belief that it always rains in Melbourne during July. You may think this is typical Melbourne weather but this is hardly true since it drizzles far more than it rains at this time of year. The water droplet size that constitutes drizzle are so small, that it could drizzle all day and you'd be lucky to get more than 3-4 millimetres in the rain gauge.

Melbourne weather conditions can be quite exciting (sorry, I mean awful) at times, especially if there's strong winds. Such conditions occur when there's a strong cold front passing over southern Victoria. Having said that, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there's more days without wind than there are with.




Weather in Melbourne in August

The weather in Melbourne during August is quite cool and windy with frequent cloud. Generally the cloud is persistent during the morning to early afternoon and then you might see a couple of hours of broken sunshine towards sunset. The overcast conditions begin to decrease a little by the end of August. The north-western suburbs of Melbourne record more sunshine than any other part of Melbourne during August.

During the first week or so of August you probably won't feel much of a difference in temperature compared with July, but by mid-August, you'll notice that the weather in Melbourne will have become a little warmer. Expect to see overnight temperatures drop down to between 5-8°C during the first week and gradually warming to between 6-10°C by the end of August.

That doesn't mean that night-time temperatures will not rise or fall below the values I have presented here. If the night remains cloudy and windy, overnight temperatures may not drop below 11°C. On the contrary, there will be at least two nights when the temperature drops below 5°C.

The coldest overnight temperatures back in August 2009 were recorded following the arrival of a cold front. Temperatures dropped down to as low as 2°C in the far eastern, north-east and across most western suburbs of Melbourne. The same occurred in August 2010.


Climatological information for Melbourne and its suburbs during August
Month Rainfall (mm) Temperature Lowest ever recorded maximum temperature (°C)

Minimum
(°C)

Maximum
(°C)

Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
(Scoresby Research Institute
80.9 6.3 14.2 6.1
(Recorded on the 16th August 1970)
Southern suburbs of Melbourne
(Moorabbin Airport)
66.6 6.8 14.9 8.8
(Recorded on the 10th August 2005)
Melbourne city 50.1 6.7 15.0 6.7
(Recorded on the 9th August 1872)
Western suburbs of Melbourne
(Laverton RAAF)
45.0 5.5 14.9 6.8
(Recorded on the 9th August 1951)
Northern suburbs of Melbourne
(Melbourne Airport)
46.4 5.9 14.4 6.5
(Recorded on the 16th August 1970)

Daytime temperatures in some years are significantly warmer in August compared to July and sometimes the opposite is true. In August 2010, the weather in Melbourne city recorded lower than average daytime temperatures. However, on average, the first week of August tends to see daytime maximum temperatures hovering around 13-15°C but by the end of the month, you should see some days recording up to 17°C.

Back in August 2009, most suburbs in Melbourne recorded maximum daytime temperatures that were approximately 1.5 °C above the long-term average maximum temperature. So there is normally significant day-to-day variability in temperature in August.

The warmest daytime temperature in August 2009 was recorded at Laverton where it reached 21°C. Most other locations throughout Melbourne recorded 18-20°C on this day.


Risk of thermal discomfort and severe weather in Melbourne during August
Risk Humidity levels Windy days Flooding Thunderstorms High temperatures
Rating Low Moderate-to-high
(Particularly towards the end of August)
Low Low Low

You would be wise to pack some wet weather clothing if you plan to travel to Melbourne in August. Almost half the days record some rain but this rain tends to be light and amounts to less than 5mm over a 24-hour period. This type of wet weather in Melbourne is associated with the arrival of the north-west cloud band that has merged with a trough (i.e. an area of low pressure). These bursts of light-to-moderate rain end quite quickly and so you should be able to plan your days activities around the wet weather.

There will be of course times when the rain is heavier. This heavier rain occurs in conjuction with the passage of a vigorous cold front that has moved in from the Southern Ocean. On such a day, the weather in Melbourne may change abruptly (hence the title "Melbourne has four seasons in a day").

Towards the end of August, there will be some days when there's gusty winds coming in from the west and north-west. These winds can be a nuisance if you happen to be walking around the city streets since the channelling affect of the buildings makes the wind much stronger than it otherwise would be. If you don't bring warm clothing, you'll find that the wind chill is quite bad so please pack accordingly.




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