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Adelaideans enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate with sunshine filled days through the year. It’s perfect to enjoy the green parks of the area and the many beaches that skirt the city.

Adelaide receives over 2500 hours of sunshine a year but is spared the humidity that many other Australian cities have to deal with. In fact, it has the lowest humidity levels of any other capital city in the country. And this helps to make the summers more bearable despite the high temperatures.


The summers in Adelaide are hot and dry, rainfall is sparse in this season. Temperatures have been known to average at 29 °C. The heat can get quite extreme on a few days in the season. Unlike Sydney and Brisbane, the rainy season in Adelaide is in the winter rather than the summer.  While the inland can get very hot, it is cooler around the beaches thanks to the sea breeze and in the hills around Adelaide. Summers last from December to February. December sees the longest days when the sun generally rises around 6 in the morning and sets only at about 8:30 at night.

Residents and tourists alike have plenty to do in the summers. The beaches are the obvious choice and there are many scenic spots to choose from. Besides lazing on the beach, you could take a tour of the boutique breweries. Sampling their unique brews are a great way to cool off on a hot day. The Adelaide Hills produce some of the finest wines in the country so, for a family friendly option, you can look up a vineyard to spend the day in. Summer is berry harvest season and gives you the opportunity to pick your own fruit! There is no shortage of farms that let you do this around Adelaide.

The Santos Tour Down Under with its 11-day festival is a great experience whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or not. The opening party in Adelaide’s CBD is not to be missed! Another option is to drive over to an open wildlife park nearby. The Cleland Wildlife Park is one to try and Urimbirra is another.

enjoying the sunny day in Adelaide


The hot days of summer transition to cool, pleasant weather with average temperatures ranging between 12 -22 °C. There is still very little rainfall in autumn and the days are pleasant and very enjoyable. It lasts from March to May.   

Something that you should make it a point to do during this season is to drive up to the Botanic Gardens at Mt. Lofty. It’s only about 30 minutes from Adelaide and the cool days of autumn are ideal to experience it.

A walk through the gardens lets you feast your eyes on the delightful autumnal shades of red, gold and orange foliage.


Despite the drop in temperature (avg. temps are 8 -16 °C), winters are pretty mild in Adelaide. Frosts could occur in the Adelaide Hills region but snowfall is extremely rare. On some occasions the Mt.Lofty and Adelaide Hills region receive very light snowfall. There is rainfall in the winter and June is generally the wettest month. Winter lasts from June to August. June has the shortest days of the year with the sun rising at around 7 am and setting at about 5 pm.

For a truly unique experience, you need to visit the Ghost Mushrooms blooming along the Limestone Coast. This is about three hours from Adelaide but well worth the drive. Ghost mushrooms grow naturally and glow green in the dark. They sprout up after the rains in late autumn and last for a few weeks between May and June. The glow in the dark phenomenon happens thanks to a chemical reaction that takes place between the enzymes in these fungi and oxygen.

In Adelaide city, festivals and cultural events happen through the year so there is plenty to enjoy even in the winter. Besides the art festivals there are plenty of exhibits that you can visit. Farmer’s Market tours are the best way to experience the fresh taste of South Australian produce.


The days warm up again in the spring and temperatures climb, the average range being 11-22 °C. Adelaideans can experience a chill in the air in the evenings and rainfall is quite low during this season as well. Spring is between September and November.  

Purple jacaranda trees dress the city up for spring. You can walk on beautiful carpets of bright purple flowers in North Adelaide. There are also plenty of spring festivals that you can take part in from the Cheesefest to the Adelaide Fashion Festival. It’s a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of the city with friends and family.

Dressing for the weather

For the winters in Adelaide, you could dress in a thick jacket and warm sweaters because the mornings and the evening can be quite chilly. Play it by ear and layer as required. Remember that the rains come in the winter so keep an umbrella or rain gear handy.

Summer temperatures can go quite high (sometimes even up to 40°C) so wear light, loose clothing. Have accessories to protect yourself from the sun like a hat and sunglasses. You can check the local weather reports for the UV index every day. This is the intensity of the solar UV radiation. To avoid sunburn, don’t forget SPF30+ sunscreen.

Daylight savings in Adelaide

On the first Sunday of October, daylight savings begins at 2 am (Central Standard Time). It ends on the first Sunday of April at about 3 am Central Daylight Saving Time. During this time, the clocks in Adelaide run according to Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) which is UTC +10.5.

Adelaide is known to be a beautiful city with plenty of green cover. It is well planned and the roads are less congested than other Australian metropolitan cities (despite being the 5th most populated city in the country). Adelaideans enjoy a good work-life balance and thanks to the good weather, there is plenty to enjoy during your time off. If you think this climate is for you, contact us to find out how we can make your move over easy.

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