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Melbourne's weather and climate

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed.

As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.

While Melbourne has a reputation for rain, the city actually receives less rainfall than either Brisbane or Sydney.

Melbourne is an excellent place to see the seasons change. In summer, most people head out to visit our golden beaches. In autumn, experience the glorious foliage of the many European-style parks that fringe the CBD.  In winter, Melburnians enjoy the warmth of cosy cafes and bars. Spring is a time for renewal – a great time to head back into our parks and revel in our beautiful gardens.

Seasonal temperatures


Season Average maximum  Average minimum

Summer (December–February): warm to hot

25°C (77°F) 14°C (57°F) 

 Autumn (March–May): mild

 20°C (68°F) 11°C (52°F) 

Winter (June–August): cool to brisk 

14°C (57°F)  7°C (45°F) 

 Spring (September–November): cool to mild

20°C (68°F)  10°C (50°F) 

(Source: Bureau of Meteorology, Climate statistics for Australian Locations (Melbourne))

You can check the latest weather conditions, forecasts and weather warnings at the Bureau of Meteorology.

Melbourne city skyline