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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Alice Springs Australia

In Alice Springs, the summers are long, hot, and partly cloudy and the winters are short, cold, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 96°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 104°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Alice Springs for warm-weather activities are from early March to early April and from late September to late December.

Climate in Alice Springs

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Alice Springs weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from November 5 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest month of the year in Alice Springs is January, with an average high of 96°F and low of 71°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from May 21 to August 13, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest month of the year in Alice Springs is July, with an average low of 40°F and high of 67°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Alice Springs

Average High and Low Temperature in Alice SpringshothotcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°F110°F110°FJul 466°FJul 466°FJan 1196°FJan 1196°F40°F40°F72°F72°FNov 590°FNov 590°FMar 1490°FMar 1490°FMay 2172°FMay 2172°FAug 1372°FAug 1372°F64°F64°F65°F65°F47°F47°F43°F43°FNowNow
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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High96°F94°F90°F82°F73°F67°F67°F73°F81°F87°F92°F95°F
Temp85°F83°F78°F69°F60°F53°F53°F58°F68°F74°F79°F83°F
Low71°F70°F64°F55°F47°F42°F40°F44°F53°F60°F66°F70°F

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, 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 Alice Springs

Average Hourly Temperature in Alice SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 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 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmwarmhothotwarm
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.

Upington, South Africa (6,695 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Alice Springs (view comparison).

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In Alice Springs, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Alice Springs begins around April 27 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around November 26.

The clearest month of the year in Alice Springs is August, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 92% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 26 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around April 27.

The cloudiest month of the year in Alice Springs is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 45% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Alice Springs

Cloud Cover Categories in Alice SpringsclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 693%Aug 693%Feb 153%Feb 153%Apr 2773%Apr 2773%Nov 2673%Nov 2673%NowNowclearovercastmostly clearpartly 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.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier44%45%35%29%25%19%11%8%9%15%24%36%
Clearer56%55%65%71%75%81%89%92%91%85%76%64%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Alice Springs varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from November 2 to March 7, with a greater than 9% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Alice Springs is December, with an average of 4.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 7.9 months, from March 7 to November 2. The month with the fewest wet days in Alice Springs is August, with an average of 0.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Alice Springs is December, with an average of 4.7 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 17% on November 28.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Alice Springs

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Alice SpringswetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Nov 2817%Nov 2817%Aug 62%Aug 62%Mar 79%Mar 79%NowNowrain
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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain4.0d3.3d2.4d1.8d1.9d1.3d1.1d0.8d1.5d2.4d4.1d4.7d

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Alice Springs experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from October 6 to June 6, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Alice Springs is January, with an average rainfall of 1.5 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from June 6 to October 6. The month with the least rain in Alice Springs is August, with an average rainfall of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Alice Springs

Average Monthly Rainfall in Alice SpringsrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 inFeb 31.6 inFeb 31.6 inAug 160.1 inAug 160.1 inOct 60.5 inOct 60.5 inJun 60.5 inJun 60.5 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall1.5″1.5″1.1″0.7″0.6″0.5″0.4″0.1″0.3″0.6″1.0″1.3″

The length of the day in Alice Springs varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 40 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 13 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Alice Springs

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Alice SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 6 minSep 2313 hr, 36 minDec 2213 hr, 36 minDec 2212 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2010 hr, 40 minJun 2110 hr, 40 minJun 21daydaynightNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight13.4h12.9h12.2h11.5h11.0h10.7h10.8h11.3h12.0h12.7h13.3h13.6h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on November 29, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:17 AM on July 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:54 PM on June 7, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 32 minutes later at 7:26 PM on January 13.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Alice Springs during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Alice Springs

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Alice SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 295:38 AMNov 295:38 AM7:26 PMJan 137:26 PMJan 13Jun 75:54 PMJun 75:54 PM7:17 AMJul 37:17 AMJul 3daySolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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 figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. 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.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Alice Springs

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.

Alice Springs experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from November 20 to March 29, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Alice Springs is February, with 3.9 days that are muggy or worse.

The month with the fewest muggy days in Alice Springs is July, with 0.0 days that are muggy or worse.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Alice Springs

Humidity Comfort Levels in Alice SpringsmuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 170%Jul 170%Feb 815%Feb 815%Nov 204%Nov 204%Mar 294%Mar 294%drydrymuggymuggy
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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy (days)3.8d3.9d2.1d0.4d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d1.1d2.9d

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 Alice Springs experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 4 to April 13, with average wind speeds of more than 10.1 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Alice Springs is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from April 13 to September 4. The calmest month of the year in Alice Springs is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Alice Springs

Average Wind Speed in Alice SpringswindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphFeb 1511.3 mphFeb 1511.3 mphJul 18.9 mphJul 18.9 mphSep 410.1 mphSep 410.1 mphApr 1310.1 mphApr 1310.1 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph)11.211.211.110.09.29.09.19.810.410.810.710.6

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Alice Springs is from the east throughout the year.

Wind Direction in Alice Springs

Wind Direction in Alice SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNoweastnorthsouthwest
northeastsouthwest
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).

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Alice Springs throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Alice Springs for general outdoor tourist activities are from early March to early April and from late September to late December, with a peak score in the second week of November.

Tourism Score in Alice Springs

Tourism Score in Alice Springsbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.67.61.81.87.17.16.26.2NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Alice Springs for hot-weather activities is from mid November to late February, with a peak score in the second week of January.

Beach/Pool Score in Alice Springs

Beach/Pool Score in Alice Springsbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.46.40.10.1NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

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).

The growing season in Alice Springs typically lasts for 11 months (321 days), from around August 3 to around June 19, rarely starting after August 27, or ending before May 28.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Alice Springs

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Alice Springsgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Aug 350%Aug 350%Jun 1950%Jun 1990%Aug 2790%Aug 2790%May 2890%May 2819%Jul 1119%Jul 11Jan 9100%Jan 9100%NowNowvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Alice Springs should appear around July 16, only rarely appearing before July 12 or after July 21.

Growing Degree Days in Alice Springs

Growing Degree Days in Alice SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°FJul 1690°FJul 1690°FSep 22900°FSep 22900°FNov 11,800°FNov 11,800°FJun 307,207°FJun 307,207°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, 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 experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from October 8 to February 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Alice Springs is December, with an average of 8.0 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from May 6 to July 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Alice Springs is June, with an average of 4.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Alice Springs

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Alice SpringsbrightbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWhJan 18.0 kWhJan 18.0 kWhJun 164.3 kWhJun 164.3 kWhOct 87.3 kWhOct 87.3 kWhFeb 267.3 kWhFeb 267.3 kWhMay 65.0 kWhMay 65.0 kWhJul 295.0 kWhJul 295.0 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh)7.97.56.85.74.74.34.75.66.67.57.98.0

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Alice Springs are -23.697 deg latitude, 133.884 deg longitude, and 1,913 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Alice Springs contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 269 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,938 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,319 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,756 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Alice Springs is covered by artificial surfaces (57%) and sparse vegetation (33%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (84%) and artificial surfaces (12%), and within 50 miles by sparse vegetation (91%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Alice Springs, 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 is only a single weather station, Alice Springs Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Alice Springs.

At a distance of 12 kilometers from Alice Springs, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

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

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

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 © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.