Intellicast's Climate Guide To Sydney, Australia

HOST CITY FOR THE 2000 SUMMER OLYMPICS

Built around the shore of one of the world's most beautiful harbors, Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the oldest and largest city in Australia. Sydney is now home to almost 3.9 million people, 34.5 percent of which were born overseas. Nearly a third of those overseas-born residents come from Europe (16.5% from Britain and Ireland).

Sydney lies at approximately 34 degrees south latitude, roughly equivalent to Buenos Aires, Argentina or in the Northern Hemisphere, Los Angeles, California or Wilmington, North Carolina.

The harbor view is dominated by the magnificent Opera House and the beautiful Harbor Bridge. Though there is much to see and do in Sydney, adventurous travelers can also drive to the Blue Mountains or the scenic Southern Highlands or try wine tasting in the Hunter Valley.

SYDNEY'S CLIMATE

Australian seasons are opposite to the seasons experienced in the Northern Hemisphere. The locals consider the seasons as follows:

  • Spring - August to October
  • Summer - November to January
  • Autumn - February to April
  • Winter - May to July

Its mid-latitude position puts Sydney in a temperate climate. It is a warm temperate climate with no real harsh winter weather, thanks to the large expanse of ocean between Australia and the Antarctic cold air source region. Sydney's position on the ocean also usually keeps temperatures from becoming too hot. The average high temperatures in mid-summer is just 78°F (26°C). Occasionally however, winds blow from the hot interior and produce prolonged heat waves and droughts. It has reached 114F (46C) in January.

Rainfall is greater than many other Australian cities with nearly 50 inches in an average year. The peak rainfall is in the November to May period (summer and fall). The average frequency of measurable rainfall ranges from one rainfall event every 3 days in August to 1 event every 2 days in the summer and fall.

A word of warning, the sun can be very fierce in Australia on clear days so travelers are advised to wear hats and high factor sunscreens. This is true in part because the sun is closest to the earth in the Southern Hemisphere summer (closest in early January) and in part because of the thinned-out ozone layer in the high latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere.

THE SEPTEMBER 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES

Sydney plays host to the 2000 Summer Olympics this year. Olympic goers are likely to find pleasant conditions. September is springtime in Sydney and temperatures on average range from the low 50s (°F) in the morning to the upper 60s(°F) in the afternoon. It has been as high as 92°F in September and as cool as 41°F.

September is the sunniest and driest time of year in Sydney but occasional showery days do occur, so bring an umbrella.

Month
Record Low
Normal Low Normal High Record High Average Rainfall Average # Of Rain Days
January 51°F
11°C
65°F
18°C
78°F
26°C
114°F
46°C
3.5 inches
89 mm
14
February 49°F
9°C
65°F
18°C
78°F
26°C
108°F
42°C
4.0 inches
102 mm
13
March 49°F
9°C
63°F
17°C
76°F
24°C
103°F
39°C
5.0 inches
127 mm
14
April 45°F
7°C
58°F
14°C
71°F
22°C
91°F
33°C
5.3 inches
135 mm
14
May 40°F
4°C
52°F
11°C
66°F
19°C
86°F
30°C
5.0 inches
127 mm
13
June 36°F
2°C
48°F
9°C
61°F
16°C
80°F
27°C
4.6 inches
117 mm
12
July
36°F
2°C
46°F
8°C
60°F
16°C
78°F
26°C
4.6 inches
117 mm
12
August 37°F
3°C
48°F
9°C
63°F
17°C
82°F
28°C
3.0 inches
76 mm
11
September 41°F
5
°C
51°F
11
°C
67°F
19
°C
92°F
33
°C
2.9 inches
74 mm
12
October 42°F
6°C
56°F
13°C
71°F
22°C
99°F
37°C
2.8 inches
71 mm
12
November 46°F
8°C
60°F
16°C
74°F
23°C
103°F
41°C
2.9 inches
74 mm
12
December 48°F
9°C
63°F
17°C
77°F
25°C
107°F
42°C
2.9 inches
74 mm
13

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