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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Crescent Head Australia

In Crescent Head, the summers are warm, muggy, and wet; the winters are short and cool; and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 80°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 86°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Crescent Head for warm-weather activities is from mid November to early April.

Climate in Crescent Head

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Crescent Head weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Crescent Head

The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 4 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is January 25, with an average high of 80°F and low of 68°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from May 30 to August 26, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is July 30, with an average low of 48°F and high of 65°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Crescent Head

Average High and Low Temperature in Crescent HeadwarmwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 3065°FJul 3065°FJan 2580°FJan 2580°F48°F48°F68°F68°FDec 477°FDec 477°FMar 2477°FMar 2477°FMay 3067°FMay 3067°F64°F64°F64°F64°F53°F53°F51°F51°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.

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 Crescent Head

Average Hourly Temperature in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarm
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.

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Clouds

In Crescent Head, 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 Crescent Head begins around June 21 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around October 14. On August 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 84% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 16% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 14 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around June 21. On November 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Crescent Head

Cloud Cover Categories in Crescent HeadclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 1284%Aug 1284%Nov 2363%Nov 2363%Jun 2173%Jun 2173%Oct 1474%Oct 1474%NowNowclearmostly 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.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from October 22 to May 22, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on February 22.

The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from May 22 to October 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on August 11.

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 41% on February 22.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Crescent Head

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Crescent HeadwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 2241%Feb 2241%Aug 1112%Aug 1112%Jan 130%Jan 130%Oct 2227%Oct 2227%May 2227%May 2227%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).

Rainfall

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. Crescent Head experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Crescent Head. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 13, with an average total accumulation of 6.6 inches.

The least rain falls around August 9, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Crescent Head

Average Monthly Rainfall in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in14 in14 inFeb 136.6 inFeb 136.6 inAug 91.4 inAug 91.4 inNov 184.2 inNov 184.2 inNowNow
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 liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Crescent Head varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 7 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 14 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Crescent Head

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 6 minSep 2314 hr, 11 minDec 2214 hr, 11 minDec 2212 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2010 hr, 7 minJun 2110 hr, 7 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.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:25 AM on October 2, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 35 minutes later at 7:00 AM on April 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:52 PM on June 10, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 4 minutes later at 7:56 PM on January 8.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Crescent Head during 2021, starting in the spring on October 3 and ending in the fall on April 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Crescent Head

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMOct 25:25 AMOct 25:25 AM7:56 PMJan 87:56 PMJan 8Jun 104:52 PMJun 104:52 PM7:00 AMApr 37:00 AMApr 3DSTApr 4DSTApr 4Oct 3DSTOct 3DSTdaynightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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 transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Moon

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 Crescent Head

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.

Humidity

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.

Crescent Head experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 11 to April 9, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 16% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 4, with muggy conditions 65% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is July 26, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Crescent Head

Humidity Comfort Levels in Crescent HeadmuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 260%Jul 260%Feb 465%Feb 465%Nov 1116%Nov 1116%Apr 916%Apr 916%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
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.

Wind

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 Crescent Head experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from June 6 to March 2, with average wind speeds of more than 8.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is November 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.1 months, from March 2 to June 6. The calmest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Crescent Head

Average Wind Speed in Crescent HeadwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphNov 279.0 mphNov 279.0 mphApr 87.6 mphApr 87.6 mphJun 68.3 mphJun 68.3 mphMar 28.3 mphMar 28.3 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Crescent Head varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.8 months, from March 20 to June 15, with a peak percentage of 40% on April 30. The wind is most often from the west for 2.3 months, from June 15 to August 23, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 3. The wind is most often from the north for 5.3 months, from August 23 to February 4, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Crescent Head

Wind Direction in Crescent HeadNESWNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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).

Water Temperature

Crescent Head 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 water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from January 1 to April 13, with an average temperature above 76°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 18, with an average temperature of 78°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from June 25 to October 15, with an average temperature below 70°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 18, with an average temperature of 68°F.

Average Water Temperature in Crescent Head

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The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Crescent Head 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 time of year to visit Crescent Head for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid November to early April, with a peak score in the last week of December.

Tourism Score in Crescent Head

Tourism Score in Crescent Headbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.67.62.72.77.57.5NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature 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 Crescent Head for hot-weather activities is from late December to late February, with a peak score in the third week of January.

Beach/Pool Score in Crescent Head

Beach/Pool Score in Crescent Headbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.35.30.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature 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.

Growing Season

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 Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarmvery 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.

Growing Degree Days in Crescent Head

Growing Degree Days in Crescent HeadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FJul 1590°FJul 1590°FOct 7900°FOct 7900°FNov 301,800°FNov 301,800°FJun 305,551°FJun 305,551°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 30, with an average of 7.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 1 to August 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 16, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Crescent Head

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Crescent HeadbrightbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWhDec 307.5 kWhDec 307.5 kWhJun 162.8 kWhJun 162.8 kWhNov 26.6 kWhNov 26.6 kWhFeb 146.6 kWhFeb 146.6 kWhMay 13.8 kWhMay 13.8 kWhAug 53.8 kWhAug 53.8 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.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Crescent Head are -31.189 deg latitude, 152.973 deg longitude, and 26 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Crescent Head contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 479 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 33 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (833 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,249 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Crescent Head is covered by trees (62%) and water (35%), within 10 miles by trees (48%) and water (42%), and within 50 miles by water (52%) and trees (43%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Crescent Head, 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 Crescent Head.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Crescent Head and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Taree Airport (YTRE, 53%, 89 kilometers, southwest) and Coffs Harbour Airport (YCFS, 47%, 98 kilometers, north).

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.