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The Sunshine Coast is aptly named, as it has about 300 days of sunshine a year. Despite the ever-present sun, temperatures are moderate year-round, making moving there an easy choice.

If you don’t like the cold, or extreme heat, then there aren’t many places world-wide with a perfect climate. The Sunshine Coast’s amazingly temperate climate means shorts and a t-shirt can almost be year-round attire.

The Mediterranean climate encourages the coastal forest and inland rainforest and makes the area an excellent place for growing produce.

Summer on the Sunshine Coast

With the sun shining more than 80% of the year, you would be forgiven for thinking it could get too hot, but there’s a cooling offshore breeze that means you’ll be comfortable even on mid-summer days.

There is a rainy season from December to February, but showers usually only occur in the late afternoon or evening. They are heavy storm-like showers but are usually over quickly. You can expect rain for nine to ten days each month, about 300mm each month.

Summer in the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Autumn

As summer eases and makes way for winter, temperatures don’t drop much. It slowly gets cooler heading into the coldest months, but with temperatures between 13oC and 25oC, there’s no need to put away the jandals yet.

Most of the city has evergreen trees or palms, so if you want to see trees turning golden, you’ll have to head into the hinterland.

Winter

For anyone who loves truly cold temperatures, enjoys the crispness of frosts and the occasional dump of snow, then the Sunshine Coast isn’t going to make you happy. The sun continues to shine, with highs between 18oC and the early 20’s. It does get chilly overnight, dropping below 10oC. This is the driest season, with rain only happening four to five days per month, around 40mm in total.

If you want snow, you’ll have to head inland or south to the skifields.

Spring

Temperatures slowly begin to rise, reaching 25oC on average. This is a reasonably dry time of year, with only four to six days of rain each month.

The climate makes this the perfect home for year-round surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and other water sports. In summer, the average sea temperature is from 25oC to 27oC, and in winter it dips to 21oC to 22oC. You’ll always have time for a quick morning surf before work, or one at the end of the day.

If you do prefer cooler weather, then you can head inland. The Sunshine Coast includes Blackball Range. It’s considerably cooler than on the coast, although still sunny.

Your wardrobe in the Sunshine Coast

Throw away your puffer jacket and woolly hats and invest in a rotating schedule of Havianas. The temperate climate means any serious cold-weather gear is no longer required, and you’ll need adequate summer clothes for an extended warm season.

In winter, it can be cool, so long sleeved tops, light jackets and trousers will be adequate. If in doubt, add a scarf as a functional accessory. In summer, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are very important. The sun in Australia can be fierce, so you’ll need to get used to putting a layer of sunscreen on before leaving the house.

In summer, make sure you also have an umbrella in the afternoons and evenings.

Sunshine Coast FAQs

What is the average rainfall in summer?

The Sunshine Coast gets around 300mm of rain each month. While summer is the rainy season, it tends to rain in the late afternoons and evenings, leaving the day clear and sunny.

Does the Sunshine Coast have droughts or floods?

Yes. In particular, areas such as Noosa have been declared a state of climate emergency as climate change indicate water levels of the sea will rise. This makes homes more vulnerable to storm surges. South East Queensland has had flooding as recently as February 2019, and with a growing population the risk of drought is increasing.

What is the humidity like in Sunshine Coast?

In summer, humidity can rise to 81%, and then in winter it’s very low. Summers can be very muggy, with a combination of the warm sun, cool offshore breezes, and evening rain.

When is the best time of year to visit the Sunshine Coast?

Many tourists prefer to go to the Sunshine Coast in September, October and November. Low rainfall, mild temperatures and settled weather make this a perfect escape from the realities of life. The autumn/ winter months of April, May and June are the cheapest time of year due to lower tourist numbers.

These are also the best time of year for outdoor, non-beach activities. Go hiking in the hills and explore the area on foot. There’s plenty to do other than theme parks and the beach.

Does it snow in the Sunshine Coast?


No. While temperatures may drop in winter, it’s rare and not a period of sustained cold.

What is the UV index forecast in the Sunshine Coast?

The Ultra-Violet Index forecast is a daily report that tells you the intensity of the sun’s UV rays. It’s a figure that’s generally included in local weather forecasts. In general, avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm, stay in the shade when possible, and wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Can I swim in the ocean in the Sunshine Coast?

Yes! This is why the Sunshine Coast is so famous- even in the middle of winter, the water will be a tolerable 20oC, meaning that year-round, there are opportunities for water sports.

Does the Sunshine Coast have daylight savings?

The Queensland timezone is Australian Eastern Standard time, which is UTV + 10. Sunshine Coast does not have daylight savings time. The clocks do not change.

When is it hottest on the Sunshine Coast?

Summer is the hottest season, and the hottest month is January, with average highs of 29oC. The offshore breeze keeps temperatures pleasant.

What’s the BOM weather radar?

The Bureau of Meteorology provides radar images of all of Australia. The website provides real-time images of storms and predictions of weather events.

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