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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.

It’s important to check the weather and fire conditions and stay up to date on bushfire alerts, especially before heading into the wilderness. Include refuge areas in your planning and seek shelter if you’re caught on foot. Before you visit a national park in Tasmania, make sure you read this essential information, and brush up on these bushfire safety tips.  

 

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 the average monthly minimum and maximum temperatures (in degrees Celsius) around the island. 

 
Hobart
Month
Avg. minimum temp. (C°)
Avg. maximum temp. (C°)
January 12 22
February 12 22
March 11 20
April 9 17
May 7 15
June 5 12
July 5 12
August 5 13
September 7 15
October 8 17
November 9 19
December 11 20

 

Launceston
Month
Avg. minimum temp. (C°)
Avg. maximum temp. (C°)
January 13 25
February 12 25
March 10 23
April 8 19
May 5 16
June 3 13
July 2 13
August 4 14
September 5 16
October 7 18
November 9 21
December 11 23
 
Devonport
Month
Avg. minimum temp. (C°)
Avg. maximum temp. (C°)
January 12 21
February 12 21
March 11 20
April 9 18
May 7 15
June 5 13
July 4 12
August 5 13
September 6 14
October 7 16
November 9 18
December 11 20
 
Swansea
Month
Avg. minimum temp. (C°)
Avg. maximum temp. (C°)
January 12 22
February 12 22
March 10 21
April 8 19
May 6 16
June 4 14
July 4 13
August 4 14
September 6 16
October 7 18
November 9 19
December 11 21

 

Strahan
Month
Avg. minimum temp. (C°)
Avg. maximum temp. (C°)
January 11 21
February 11 21
March 10 20
April 9 17
May 8 14
June 6 13
July 5 12
August 6 13
September 6 14
October 7 16
November 9 18
December 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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