Which Australian major city has the best weather on Australia Day?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Australians love to celebrate Australia Day in the sun. We attend the thousands of events taking place in every suburb and council area right around Australia. It’s a relaxed day which we spend having a picnic, at the beach or watching the fireworks.

But, we know that rain can spoil all these festivities and the atmosphere around them. So which major Australian capital city has the best Australia Day weather?

An analysis of Australia Day weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology since 1900 has yielded some intriguing results over the 116 years.

Perth's Australia Day's are hardly ever rainy

Perth arguably has the best Australia Day weather, experiencing just 8 Australia Day's of rain since 1900 with an average of 2.9mm of rain falling on these days. It also has the highest average maximum temperature at 30.4°C with 61 of the past 116 Australia Days above 30°C.

In comparison, Sydney has experienced 51 rainy Australia Day's, Melbourne with 28, Brisbane, 41 and Adelaide, 17.

Australia Day temperatures most consistent in Sydney

Sydney may have recorded the rainiest Australia Day's, but when it rains, it rains significantly less than it does Melbourne and Brisbane.

The temperatures in Sydney are much more comfortable for a day out, with average temperatures of 26.6°C over the past 116 years. Sydney has only experienced 2 Australia Days above 40°C and 13 above 30°C compared with 61 and 4 for Perth respectively.

Melbourne has had the coolest maximum temperatures

On the other hand, Melbourne experiences a range of temperatures, with the lowest average maximum temperature out of the 5 major capital cities, at 25.9°C. It has experienced 21 Australia Day's where the mercury has failed to rise up 20°C but there have been 28 days of temperatures above 30°C over the past 116 years.

Brisbane experiences rainy Australia Day’s

In Brisbane, when it rains, it pours, on Australia Day as it has the wettest rainy days out of all the capital cities, with average rainfall of 22.7mm on their rainy days, compared with 5.5mm in Adelaide and just 2.9mm in Perth.

Brisbane and Adelaide have experienced average temperatures of 29.9°C and 28.5°C respectively, with 57 days reaching above 30°C in Brisbane and 39 days in Adelaide.

Depending on your preference …

So what’s the best capital city to celebrate your Australia Day? Based on the past 116 years of data, if you’re hoping for a day that feels slightly cooler, Sydney has been typically greeting Australians with a 20°C range in temperatures, but higher likelihood of wetter weather. If you’re looking for a classic, hot Australian summer’s day, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide is the destination where temperatures could reach above 30°C. Melbourne is probably the most unpredictable, where your Australia Day could take a chance at being hot like summer should be, or cold and wet instead.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


healthy future data visualisation speakers pack speaker Australian Home work from home water tuesday survey design TED Australians facts rising house prices university degree communications gen z ashley fell trends NFP event Australian schools high density baby young people Sydney cancel plans faux-cilise royal graphs census 2016 professional speaker living PSI Sydney’s south west 2016 census results identity futurist australian community trends report innovative skills optimistic earn workshop mother's day social media spirituality goal mortgage australian communities forum census not-for-profit financial planning aussie culture Queensland: QLD define rent suburban living investor Hunter Valley event annual income office forecasting Northern Beaches Christian School Northern beaches Event christmas 2017 IT Specialists waverton gig economy participants HSC Black Friday "know the times" real australia shopper's pick shbc New Zealand Work place McCridle communicate affordable city woolworths apartment demography faux-ciliser education social impact January 26th entrepreneurial clothing SMSF mentor media activity house price safe society trends staying in panel volunteers cash millennials infographic Charlotte school satisfaction ipswich local communities learning styles employmee internet wealth and income distribution Christmas in Australia repayments Queensland optus marriage research report bus cartodb environment area house prices public speaker English food insecurity Scouts JOMO charity future of shopping residents outsourcing Australian Dream CBD TEDx wage community younger generations property consumer coffee Christmas day weather tertiary education middle class education research community event income news selfie Financial Planning Association of Australia mover and shaker in the media happy holidays internship online the hills easter mccrindle in the media housing trends cars criminal ethnography nfp personalities ACF 2016 future of education organisational culture moreton bay Financial Planning Week Gen Y Caregiver economy social shifts global generations generation Z VET sector infographics commuters property development travel sun cica rain Black Friday Sales sunny days training schools students transport men population growth New South Wales storytelling couple marketing intern toys Australian Bureau of Statistics financial fears System's Architect princess charlotte visualisation generation alpha Population Clock population milestone 40 million names organisations learn rise of local who is generation z wealth inequality NBRS small business affordability chairty average sydneysider experience money culturally diverse online shopping fresh christmas trees Hills Shire Council coffee lovers google for education father's day Education Future Forum sunburnt country HR 2020 friendship Netflix townhouses visual mining boom paying to work energy sydneycity Jura Coffee in depth interviews supply and demand learner baby boomers australians staying home more demographer social lives budget wellbeing celebration states crows nest engage customer public holiday thought leadership relevant office space royal influence New Zeland Generation Y gender unemployment leadersip friends insights workplace culture medicine grandparents urban taskforce gold coast wealth and income screenagers employmer Australian community trends Lower Hunter Region Mark McCrindle Crime Rates the australian dream work mates capital city sydney metro children McCrindle Speakers life tea entertainment dreams casual engagement live the dream urban living 1975 future proof 2016 census learning professional relational NEETs do people still change their surname after marriage? proactive social researcher NBRS Architecture work Australian Population Australian Trends holiday story earnings trends analyst education sector the hills shire urban living index jobs of the future social analysis Performance Sentiment Index education future report collaborative mobile Real Estate Institute of Victoria schools hobart millenials breakfast report resource politics DIY REIV National Conference micro apartments food women keynote speaker careers average Australian Christmas presents national wealth sydney hills Social Trend career cloudy days volunteering social life seasons greetings follow house stats grave decision cultural diversity commuting wages technology priorities property price student optus my business awards keynote victoria education future thrive perth train geomapping housing market Australian Communities Trends screenage households Macquarie University builders cooking eliane miles Research Director SA society professional development publication forecast Sydney Hills Business Chamber christian social issues product bondi financial future McCrindle Keynote Speakers jobs 2014 Kirsten Brewer research logan cancelling event gen alpha growth renter of the future future-proof Mark McCrindle in the media REIV Conference australian communities trends report manly World Water Day TDE twentyseventeen ACT earning dreaming DESTEL house price rise brisbane donate collaboration growing population Skilling social change buildings home ownership mythbusters australian real estate Western Australia 1980 volunteer language sydney event EFF communities Mount Annan-Currant Hill group professional services tableau Res Vis demographic trends forum click car cold investing eliane non profit lifestyle WA US market research GPO christmas Gen Z Expert sydney market wolloomooloo business performance leadership workshop winter blues long weekend state Myth poker master Tuesday Trends plans Aussies Deaths changing face of sydney media national private wealth neutral bay population map wedding national crime rates Australian demographics Retail fears faith insight interactive holidays megatrends curiosity housing divorce rate financial world youth day average aussie demographic christianity public transport Lower Hunter social commentary Northern Territory Duchess of Cambridge data analyst sector pharmacies research pack suburb Wodonga Northern Beaches qualitative research socialising families McCrindle Speaker divorce world future of work know the times data omnibus stay home emerging generations tv dream household greatness census fail debate global financial crisis mccrindle tea hornsby research services trend analysis Australia Day 2017 group session family showreel ACF2017 poor presentation VET sydneysider mccrindle royal baby ease of travel ashley mckenzie moderators guide micro Elderslie-Harrington park global daily telegraph speajer community engagement employment choice workers 10 years 23 million 2017 aged care digital economy ageing population kate middleton Australia Day vegetarian tips CPI public speaking baby name predictions TEDx Speaker motivate staff church authenticity teaching Sydney keynote speaker Channel Seven lalor park socialites baby names australia report 2015 generation not for profit research easy rider monarchy not for profit finance Generation X land of the middle class mccrinlde Black Friday in Australia tattoos Sydney population blaxland list surnames marrickville social Christmas day teach financial independence wealth responsive business increasing densification Channel 7 mythbusting ACT Report social enquiry rich local 24 million Australian communities spend the average aussie nativity scene sustainable Word Up workforce baby names ultimo shifts recap trades the changing face of research data 2012 government slideshare entrepreneur Financial Planning Association gig snapshot balance Maxim Accounting Australia street youth unemployment #censusfail financial dreams religion digital urban NT culture business index Adelaide video aged care puzzle Jura Australia conference speaker professional presenters Research Executive case study alpha capital cities parents hopes emerging technologies Merry Christmas resilience networking weather Australian Census NSW pyrmont Willowdale surname Sydney Lifestyle Study census data rental stress research visualisation What is food insecurity? educhat Christmas research research on coffee employers the lucky country suburbs local community baby name trends marriages focus group presentations contiki new york times newspaper FPA shopping centre Christmas data food bank commute educated Hornsby Shire Council volunteering data TED talk teachers 1968 australian demographics care support wealth distribution baby names report apartments mateship menai purpose office opening going out Valentine’s Day sports school challenge sydney speaker young australians shopping dare to dream hello fresh internships equip huffington post Royals 2016 overcast Melbourne new office travelling Australian Families future proofing leader Christmas lunch speakers sydney property market baby name cost ageing events environmental scanning Assistant Store Manager TAS communication happiness Vocational education students trends of 2016 SMART Christmas Stats Tuesday Trend sector wide weekly earnings brands Kiwi brand deloitte growth of sydney Andrew Duffin Cobbitty-Leppington high density living award winner retirement dessert youth typical australian maiden names charities South Australia meals australian social research unaffordable global retail emerging trends investment salary post rationalism maiden faux-cilising survey village ferry Aussie 2013 The ABC of XYZ James Ward Real Estate etiquette focus groups parenting Territory conference prince george bureau media commentary February 16 study trends of 2017 Births ACF The Daily Edition work-life consumerism home owner offenders Engineering Manager university future conference presentation sydneysiders high density apartments year 7 sentiments crime VIC sector wide study rule keeper debt generations acf15 infographic wall school students mccrindle research litter Love award quote giving 1994 cancelling plans social trends millionth social commentator urban development entrepreneurs of today low density teacher workplace baby boom daily commute hunger Christmas season housing affordability economic cost of living cultural diveristy statistics summer Wagga Wagga change social research property market Christchurch ABS population ideas child care hills potts point royal family belief Geoff Brailey researcher program Do It Yourself Canberra media release conferences the great screenage anzac google innovation donation home norwest renting Wellington results darwin FOMO Bathburst brand experience winter demographic transformations hills shire ACF17 Gen X goals leadership census results generational trends personal growth owning a home 24,000,000 pharmacy narcissism year 12 domestic high school social researchers teleworking impact vegemite seasons trend tuesday Business analysis housing growth social analyst SRE Tasmania meetings