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Best time to visit Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia

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The best time to visit Lightning Ridge is March-April

Lightning Ridge can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, March-April is the best time to go.

In summer, the temperature in Lightning Ridge can rise as high as 39℃ (102℉). In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 6℃ (42℉) at night.

The days are longest in Lightning Ridge in December, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Lightning Ridge in December – It’s the wettest month of the year.

By the time you finish reading below, you’ll know everything you need to know about the best time to travel to Lightning Ridge. Once you’re ready, we’ve even provided all the tools you’ll ever need to help you book your travel!

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

December

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Lightning Ridge seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Lightning Ridge as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Lightning Ridge is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Lightning Ridge

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Lightning Ridge for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Lightning Ridge climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Lightning Ridge for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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OCT
NOV
DEC

Lightning Ridge in January

  • Average temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average high temperature: 36℃ (96℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 40%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 10 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in January, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Lightning Ridge in February

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 44%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 7 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Lightning Ridge in March

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 48%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Lightning Ridge in April

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 53%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lightning Ridge in May

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 62%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 4 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in May, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Lightning Ridge in June

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 6 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lightning Ridge in July

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 5 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lightning Ridge in August

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 3 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lightning Ridge in September

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 56%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.

Lightning Ridge in October

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 47%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in October, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lightning Ridge in November

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 41%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 7 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lightning Ridge in December

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 40%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lightning Ridge in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Lightning Ridge is usually January, where temperatures tend to rise to around 36℃ (96℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Lightning Ridge is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Lightning Ridge is generally around December, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of December too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Lightning Ridge, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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