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Spring Weather in Sydney New South Wales, Australia

Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 67°F to 77°F, rarely falling below 60°F or exceeding 88°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 12°F, from 51°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 45°F or exceeding 69°F.

For reference, on January 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Sydney typically range from 68°F to 80°F, while on July 18, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 62°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in Sydney

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°FWinterSummerSep 167°FSep 167°F51°F51°FNov 3077°FNov 3077°F63°F63°FOct 172°FOct 172°F56°F56°FNov 174°FNov 174°F60°F60°F
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average spring temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in Sydney

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummercoldcoolcomfortablewarmcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Río Branco, Uruguay (7,583 miles away); Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (8,134 miles); and Rabat, Morocco (11,193 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Sydney (view comparison).

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The spring in Sydney experiences rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 23% to 37%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38% on November 21.

The clearest day of the spring is September 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 77% of the time.

For reference, on November 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on August 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 80%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in Sydney

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerAug 1280%Aug 1280%Sep 177%Sep 177%Nov 3063%Nov 3063%Oct 174%Oct 174%Nov 164%Nov 164%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Sydney, the chance of a wet day over the course of the spring is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 18% and ending it at 28%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on January 31, and its lowest chance is 16% on August 12.

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in Sydney

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%WinterSummerNov 1828%Nov 1828%Sep 118%Sep 118%Oct 119%Oct 119%Nov 126%Nov 126%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the spring in Sydney is rapidly increasing, starting the season at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.6 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the season at 2.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.4 inches or falls below 0.7 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.9 inches on November 15. The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 1.8 inches on September 3.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in Sydney

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 inWinterSummerNov 152.9 inNov 152.9 inSep 31.8 inSep 31.8 inNov 302.8 inNov 302.8 inOct 12.0 inOct 12.0 inNov 12.7 inNov 12.7 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of the spring in Sydney, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 2 hours, 49 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 53 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 10 seconds.

The shortest day of the spring is September 1, with 11 hours, 24 minutes of daylight and the longest day is November 30, with 14 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in Sydney

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrWinterSummerSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 mindaydaydaydaynightNov 3014 hr, 13 minNov 3014 hr, 13 minNov 113 hr, 29 minNov 113 hr, 29 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the spring in Sydney is 5:26 AM on October 5 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 6:25 AM on October 6.

The earliest sunset is 5:37 PM on September 1 and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 13 minutes later at 7:50 PM on November 30.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 3:00 AM on October 6, 2024, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier.

For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:40 AM and sets 14 hours, 25 minutes later, at 8:05 PM, while on June 20, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:59 AM and sets 9 hours, 54 minutes later, at 4:53 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in Sydney

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMWinterSummer5:26 AM5:26 AMOct 56:00 PMOct 56:00 PM5:37 AM5:37 AMNov 307:50 PMNov 307:50 PM6:13 AM6:13 AMSep 15:37 PMSep 15:37 PM5:54 AM5:54 AMNov 17:23 PMNov 17:23 PMOct 6DSTOct 6DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day in the spring. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Spring in Sydney

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummer0020203030505060001010303040406070
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Solar elevation and azimuth in the the spring of 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the spring of 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in Sydney

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerAug 49:14 PMAug 49:14 PMAug 204:26 AMAug 204:26 AMSep 311:56 AMSep 311:56 AMSep 1812:35 PMSep 1812:35 PMOct 34:50 AMOct 34:50 AMOct 1710:27 PMOct 1710:27 PMNov 111:48 PMNov 111:48 PMNov 168:29 AMNov 168:29 AMDec 15:22 PMDec 15:22 PMDec 158:02 PMDec 158:02 PMDec 319:28 AMDec 319:28 AM6:45 AM6:45 AM4:45 PM4:45 PM6:49 AM6:49 AM6:18 AM6:18 AM5:45 PM5:45 PM5:59 PM5:59 PM6:20 AM6:20 AM6:25 PM6:25 PM6:57 PM6:57 PM6:18 AM6:18 AM7:12 PM7:12 PM6:59 PM6:59 PM5:25 AM5:25 AM5:02 AM5:02 AM8:05 PM8:05 PM8:14 PM8:14 PM5:48 AM5:48 AM8:46 PM8:46 PM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Sydney is rapidly increasing during the spring, rising from 0% to 11% over the course of the season.

For reference, on February 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 41% of the time, while on June 7, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in Sydney

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%WinterSummerSep 10%Sep 10%Nov 3011%Nov 3011%Oct 10%Oct 10%Nov 12%Nov 12%muggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Sydney is essentially constant during the spring, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.9 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on August 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.2 miles per hour, while on April 7, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour.

The lowest daily average wind speed during the spring is 7.8 miles per hour on October 2.

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in Sydney

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphWinterSummerOct 27.8 mphOct 27.8 mphSep 18.0 mphSep 18.0 mphNov 307.9 mphNov 307.9 mphNov 17.9 mphNov 17.9 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The wind direction in Sydney during the spring is predominantly out of the west from September 1 to September 22, the north from September 22 to November 7, and the east from November 7 to November 30.

Wind Direction in the Spring in Sydney

Wind Direction in the Spring in SydneyWNESepOctNov0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%WinterSummerwestsoutheastnorth
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Sydney is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature in Sydney is increasing during the spring, rising by 5°F, from 64°F to 69°F, over the course of the season.

Average Water Temperature in the Spring in Sydney

Average Water Temperature in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov60°F60°F62°F62°F64°F64°F66°F66°F68°F68°F70°F70°F72°F72°F74°F74°FWinterSummerSep 164°FSep 164°FNov 3069°FNov 3069°FOct 165°FOct 165°FNov 167°FNov 167°F
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Sydney are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Sydney

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummer100%Oct 16100%Oct 16coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Sydney are very rapidly increasing during the spring, increasing by 1,315°F, from 390°F to 1,705°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in Sydney

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°F1,400°F1,400°F1,600°F1,600°F1,800°F1,800°FWinterSummerSep 1390°FSep 1390°FNov 301,705°FNov 301,705°FOct 1733°FOct 1733°FNov 11,193°FNov 11,193°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the spring, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Sydney is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising by 2.7 kWh, from 4.6 kWh to 7.3 kWh, over the course of the season.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in Sydney

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in SydneySepOctNov0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhWinterSummerSep 14.6 kWhSep 14.6 kWhNov 307.3 kWhNov 307.3 kWhOct 15.8 kWhOct 15.8 kWhNov 16.7 kWhNov 16.7 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sydney are -33.868 deg latitude, 151.207 deg longitude, and 190 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Sydney contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 387 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 69 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (728 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,232 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Sydney is covered by artificial surfaces (54%), water (29%), and sparse vegetation (12%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (38%) and water (35%), and within 50 miles by water (50%) and trees (38%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Sydney, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sydney.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sydney according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Sydney is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sydney and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Sydney and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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