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Best time to visit Sydney, NSW, Australia

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The best time to visit Sydney is November

Want to know when to travel to Sydney? Based on criteria such as the weather, cost of flights and hotels, and peak travel periods, November is the best time to go to Sydney. Don’t just take our word for it though… We’ve put together loads of information below to help you decide, such as a monthly breakdown of the weather, what to pack, when to fly, and much more.

In summer, the temperature in Sydney can rise as high as 28℃ (83℉). In the colder months such as July, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 10℃ (50℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Sydney when the days are longest, you should visit in December. The wet season in Sydney falls around February, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in July instead.

Keep reading to find out more detailed information about the seasons and climate in Sydney, as well as our favourite tools to help you find the best options for transport, accommodation, and much more.

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

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Sydney seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Sydney as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Sydney 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 Sydney

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 Sydney 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.

Sydney 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 Sydney 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

Sydney in January

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sydney in February

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 93mm (4") over 17 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sydney in March

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 77mm (3") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

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


Sydney in April

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 15 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in April, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Sydney in May

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Sydney in June

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Sydney in July

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

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


Sydney in August

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Sydney in September

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 10 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Sydney in October

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Sydney in November

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 15 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sydney 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.


Sydney in December

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 15 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Sydney is usually January, where temperatures tend to rise to around 27℃ (80℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Sydney is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Sydney is generally around February, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of February too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Sydney, 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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