On Sunday evening I went for a little walk around Rocks Riverside Park which is in a suburb called Seventeen Mile Rocks, about 10 kilometres south of Brisbane City.
Here’s a photograph taken by somebody smart who owns a smart camera…
That photograph is courtesy of the Wikipedia page all about Rocks Riverside Park and its well worth clicking through on that link to read more about the facilities there.
These are the photos I took though…
Winter weather in Australia
It struck me though that it was a really pleasant evening as I walked around the park. It was about half an hour before sundown, the birds were in fine form and it was plenty warm enough for me even though I was wearing just shorts and a T-shirt.
I felt a bit guilty having whinged about the cold weather here last week, but in reality, I never really do complain about the weather in Australia, flooding aside. Winters here are extremely mild, they hardly deserve the label “winter” at all.
But that’s here in Brisbane, what’s it like around the rest of the country?
Australia’s warmest winter cities
Two and a half years ago I did a post looking at Australia’s sunniest cities during the summer of 2010/11. Now let’s take a look at Australia’s warmest winter cities. No prizes for guessing the winner of this contest…
Yes, Darwin romps home in first place as Australia’s hottest winter city with, and you should know this if you read about my Darwin adventures, temperatures of around 32°C. Pretty much exactly the same as it was during my 10 days holiday there a few weeks ago.
Interestingly though, Darwin actually came seventh out of eight in the summer chart. Yes, it was hotter than most other cities, but it only gets about the same temperature it enjoys during the winter, that’s 32°C. But during the summer months the forecasts are full of clouds, rain and thunderstorms.
They don’t call summer the wet season there for nothing.
As you can see from the above image though, winters are different with it being mostly sunny and my guess is even when it’s windy, it’ll still be sunny.
Darwin then is easily the warmest city to be in during winter here in Australia.
Second place was a really tough decision. Brisbane, Perth and Sydney were all very close, but in my view, Brisbane nicks it…
Across the board it is a couple of degrees warmer than Sydney, and a degree a day warmer than Perth. We have two sunny days, one cloudy day and four days with possible showers. But with that possible rainfall throughout the whole week anticipated to be only between 11 mm and 36 mm, it’s unlikely we will see a lot of rain.
For that reason, Brisbane takes second place, but if you have any doubts, just check out those night-time minimum temperatures which are significantly warmer than the other two cities.
It’s a vast improvement on the sixth position it achieved during the disastrous summer of 2010/11 which, as you’ll remember, culminated with the Queensland and Brisbane floods.
Joint Third; Perth & Sydney
Perth grabbed first position in the summer chart, so in taking equal third for winter, this city may just be Australia’s finest for all year round hot or warm and sunny weather.
Temperatures across the week are higher than Sydney’s, but there is a lot of rain about. 44 mm to 96 mm are forecast for the week. Sydney may be slightly cooler, but there’s certainly more sunshine around…
For Sydney, it’s mostly sunny for the week with just 7 mm to 19 mm of rain predicted. So, really not much between these two, but maybe Sydney nicks it with its slightly warmer minimum temperatures? But it was too close for me to call.
Again, almost nothing between Adelaide and Melbourne, but Adelaide just about nips in front…
Adelaide is slightly warmer throughout the week, but could possibly have a teeny-weeny bit more rain than Melbourne. Both cities are forecast to have two sunny days, with Adelaide expecting four showery days and a cloudy day compared with Melbourne’s five showery days.
Adelaide grabbed second spot in the summer contest, with a clean sweep of hot, sunny, with clear blue skies.
So why did I place Melbourne behind Adelaide when it was so close? Here’s the chart…
For these two cities, the decider turned out to be the minimum night-time temperatures which are distinctly colder in Melbourne.
Although Hobart’s daytime temperatures are, on average, one degree lower than Canberra’s, check out the night-time temperatures and the mention of that word “Frost” in the chart for Australia’s capital city…
It looks decidedly shivery in Canberra once the sun goes down and with the possibility of slightly more rain, Canberra guaranteed their position as Australia’s coldest major city during winter in Australia.
That said, we should remember that Canberra pinched fourth position during the summer comparisons, whereas Hobart were stone last.
Tasmania’s capital then is probably the last place in Australia you would want to go to for hot weather, but then again, there are plenty of great reasons to go to Hobart.
This is only a bit of fun; it really isn’t the final word on which cities are the warmest in Australia during winter. I can’t do that kind of post, because the weather changes. Every day. That’s nature.
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