The Northern Territory climate

Central Australia

Central Australia has a desert climate:

  • 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 location and the weather make the region perfect if you like camping holidays.

The tropical north

The northern part of Australia's Northern Territory (NT) has a tropical monsoonal climate. There is a dry season and a wet season.

The dry season from May to October is when most tourists visit. The days are sunny and the evenings are cool. The humidity is low with an average daily temperature around 32°C.

This is perfect weather when the southern parts of Australia face winter.

Between November and April 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