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Tasmania has four distinct seasons (and we love them all).

The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn has still, sunny days. Winter runs from May through August. However, being positioned by the Southern Ocean, the world's weather engine, the climate can vary greatly – on any given day.

Average maximum temperatures in summer sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius. Winter maximum temperatures are between 3 and 11 degrees.

Rainfall varies dramatically across the island. Hobart, with an annual average of 626mm, is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the west coast an annual average of 2400mm ensures the rainforest thrives. 

Be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather, especially if bushwalking. Always carry extra warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer. And while 23 degrees might not sound particularly warm in summer, it’s a dry heat and the sun can be hot. Sunscreen and a hat are essential during the warmer months.

Beautiful autumn colours fill Church Street, in Ross. Large yellow trees line down the street.
Church Street, Ross
Alastair Bett
Crystal clear aerial image of Barn Bluff and Lake Will on a cool, winter's day. Ice and vibrant blues fill the scene.
Barn Bluff and Lake Will, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Luke Tscharke

Average temperatures 

To help with planning, here are average monthly minimum and maximum temperatures (in degrees Celsius) around the island. 

Hobart

Jan 12/22

Feb 12/22

Mar 11/20

Apr 9/17

May 7/15

Jun 5/12

Jul 5/12

Aug 5/13

Sep 7/15

Oct 8/17

Nov 9/19

Dec 11/20

 

Launceston 

Jan 13/25

Feb 12/25

Mar 10/23

Apr 8/19

May 5/16

Jun 3/13

Jul 2/13

Aug 4/14

Sep 5/16

Oct 7/18

Nov 9/21

Dec 11/23

 

Devonport

Jan 12/21

Feb 12/21

Mar 11/20

Apr 9/18

May 7/15

Jun 5/13

Jul 4/12

Aug 5/13

Sep 6/14

Oct 7/16

Nov 9/18

Dec 11/20

 

Swansea

Jan 12/22

Feb 12/22

Mar 10/21

Apr 8/19

May 6/16

Jun 4/14

Jul 4/13

Aug 4/14

Sep 6/16

Oct 7/18

Nov 9/19

Dec 11/21

 

Strahan

Jan 11/21

Feb 11/21

Mar 10/20

Apr 9/17

May 8/14

Jun 6/13

Jul 5/12

Aug 6/13

Sep 6/14

Oct 7/16

Nov 9/18

Dec 10/20

Four ladies enjoy a glass of wine while sitting in comfy bean bags at Josef Chromy Wines - Effervescence Tasmania, looking out to the lush greenery.
Josef Chromy Wines
Liza-Jane Sowden

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