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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia. Author Corey Leopold. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia. Author Corey Leopold

Northern Territory climate: when to go to the Northern Territory

In the tropical climate area that extends along the Gulf of Carpentaria and Arnhem Land, including also the capital of the territory, the port of Darwin, the climate is humid and tropical, and can be divided into two seasons, a cool and dry season from May to October and a dry and very wet season between November and April, during this period the wettest months are between December and March, in Darwin the amount of average annual rainfall is 1,700 mm.

In the desert regions of the southern part of the Northern Territory, the climate is arid and dry, rainfall is very low, the average annual rainfall is 280 mm, the relatively wettest months are those between December and March.

In the Northern region the temperatures are stable throughout the year and undergo minor changes, the average maximum temperature is stable at 31°C and the average minimum temperatures vary between 25°C in December and 19°C in July.

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Northern Territory, Australia. Author Manu. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Northern Territory, Australia. Author Manu

In the southern regions, where the climate is desert, temperatures vary greatly both on a seasonal basis that between day and night, in Alice Springs, the average maximum temperatures in January reach 36°C, while, in the same month the average minimum temperatures reach values ​​of 21°C. In winter, temperatures drop significantly, the coldest month, ie July, have values ​​of average minimum temperatures of 4°C, while the average maximum temperatures are marking 19°C.

WHEN TO GO TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

The best time to visit the tropical northern part of the Northern Territory, ie the area around the city of Darwin, are the months of the dry season between May and September. The semi-arid central regions can be visited at any time of the year, considering the extreme heat of summer and the cold nights of the winter months.

Climate of Alice Springs.

NORTHERN TERRITORY CLIMATE TABLES

DARWIN (5 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 24,8 31,8 423,7  21,3
February 24,7 31,4 371,3  20,4
March 24,6 31,9 315,2  19,5
April 24,0 32,7 100,4  9,2
May 22,1 32,0 21,6  2,3
June 19,9 30,7 1,8  0,6
July 19,3 30,6 1,1  0,4
August 20,3 31,4 4,8  0,6
September 23,0 32,6 15,8  2,4
October 24,9 33,3 70,3  6,9
November 25,3 33,3 141,3  12,4
December 25,3 32,6 252,4  16,9
YEAR 23,2 32,0 1719,7  112,9
ALICE SPRINGS (545 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 21,5 36,4 38,8  4,7
February 20,7 35,0 44,3  4,7
March 17,5 32,6 32,4  3,3
April 12,2 28,2 16,5  2,1
May 8,2 23,0 18,8  3,1
June 5,0 19,8 14,0  2,8
July 4,1 19,7 15,2  2,7
August 6,0 22,6 9,3  2,0
September 10,3 27,2 8,5  2,3
October 14,8 30,9 21,7  4,6
November 17,8 33,6 28,9  5,6
December 20,2 35,5 37,1  5,7
YEAR 13,2 28,7 285,9  43,6

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