Long, warm summer days draw in the crowds to Melbourne. Spring and autumn are milder with often frequent rainfall. The colder winter months often call for jumpers and thick jackets. Melbourne weather has the reputation for being very changeable. This is mainly due to Melbourne’s location, which is on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cool southern ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months, and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. These cold fronts can be responsible for all sorts of weather changes. This includes severe gales and thunderstorms, hail, large temperature drops, and heavy rain.
Melbourne weather is somewhat colder than other mainland Australian state capital cities in the winter, but not enormously so. There is only a small variation in winter temperatures. The lowest temperature on record is −2.8 °C (27.0 °F), on 4 July 1901. However, snowfalls are very rare. The most recent occurrence of sleet in the CBD was on 25 July 1986. The most recent snowfalls in the outer eastern suburbs and Mount Dandenong were on 10 August 2005. More commonly, Melbourne experiences frosts and fog in winter.
Sunshine & Showers
While Melbourne has a reputation for rain, the city actually receives less rainfall than either Brisbane or Sydney. Melbourne is an excellent place to see the seasons change. In summer, most people head out to visit the golden beaches. Melbourne summers are notable for occasional days of extreme heat, which has increased in frequency over the past decade. In autumn, experience the glorious foliage of the many European style parks that fringe the city. In winter, enjoy the warmth of cosy cafes and bars. Spring is a time for renewal and a great time to head back into the parks and revel in beautiful gardens.
Pack an umbrella and wear layers because then you will be prepared for anything. Before you plan your trip, check the weather forecast so you can better plan your break away to Melbourne.