Average Weather in Lightning Ridge Australia
In Lightning Ridge, the summers are long and sweltering, the winters are cold, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 98°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 107°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Lightning Ridge for warm-weather activities are from early February to early April and from late November to early January.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 17 to March 16, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is January 17, with an average high of 98°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from May 24 to August 23, with an average daily high temperature below 71°F. The coldest day of the year is July 29, with an average low of 41°F and high of 66°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
Uvalde, Texas, United States (8,427 miles away); Bogalusa, Louisiana, United States (9,029 miles); and Upington, South Africa (7,120 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Lightning Ridge (view comparison).
In Lightning Ridge, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Lightning Ridge begins around July 3 and lasts for 3.4 months, ending around October 17. On August 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 87% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 13% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 17 and lasts for 8.6 months, ending around July 3. On November 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Lightning Ridge varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from October 23 to March 1, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 21% on January 28.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from March 1 to October 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on August 13.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 21% on January 28.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Lightning Ridge experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Lightning Ridge. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 27, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
The least rain falls around August 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Lightning Ridge varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 15 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 14 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:41 AM on October 6, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 7:17 AM on March 31. The earliest sunset is at 5:16 PM on June 10, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 56 minutes later at 8:12 PM on January 9.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lightning Ridge during 2018, starting in the spring on October 7 and ending in the fall on April 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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.
Lightning Ridge experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 18 to March 30, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 18% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is June 16, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Lightning Ridge experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from September 12 to March 20, with average wind speeds of more than 9.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is November 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from March 20 to September 12. The calmest day of the year is May 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lightning Ridge varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 7.5 months, from April 23 to December 6, with a peak percentage of 40% on April 29. The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 weeks, from December 6 to December 19, with a peak percentage of 30% on December 10. The wind is most often from the east for 4.1 months, from December 19 to April 23, with a peak percentage of 32% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Lightning Ridge 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 Lightning Ridge for general outdoor tourist activities are from early February to early April and from late November to early January, with a peak score in the second week of March.
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 Lightning Ridge for hot-weather activities is from mid December to early March, with a peak score in the last week of January.
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 Lightning Ridge typically lasts for 12 months (352 days), from around July 20 to around July 7, rarely starting after August 16, or ending before June 15.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and 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 Lightning Ridge should appear around July 20, only rarely appearing before July 16 or after July 26.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.6 months, from October 28 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 27, with an average of 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from May 5 to August 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 16, with an average of 3.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lightning Ridge are -29.427 deg latitude, 147.979 deg longitude, and 479 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lightning Ridge is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 92 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 492 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (125 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (299 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lightning Ridge is covered by sparse vegetation (51%), trees (33%), and cropland (14%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (51%) and cropland (22%), and within 50 miles by sparse vegetation (43%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lightning Ridge, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Lightning Ridge is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Lightning Ridge, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
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 aiports 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.
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.