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Australian Weather

The majority of Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year.

The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures.

Snow falls on the higher mountains during the winter months, enabling skiing in southern New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts, as well as the smaller resorts in Australia's island state, Tasmania.

Like all countries in the southern hemisphere (the hemisphere south of the Equator), Australia's seasons follow the sequence:
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November

This means that the Australian Christmas takes place at the height of summer. It also means that the mid-year break for students happens in winter. The end of year break for students is commonly known as the 'summer holidays', or the 'Christmas holidays'

Average temperatures in Australia (°C) 

  Melbourne Brisbane
Jan 25.8 29.4
Feb 24 29
Mar 20 28
Apr 17 26
May 14 23
Jun 14 21
Jul 15 20
Aug 17 22
Sep 20 24
Oct 22 26
Nov 24 28
Dec 20 29