Will you shiver or sweat? Australia Day weather in every state

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Australia Day is set to be a cool overcast day for most parts of the country following a heatwave inflicting soaring temperatures across southern Australia on the weekend.

Parts of southern Australia, particularly near the NSW-Victoria border, are set to see temperatures climb 10 to even 15 above the maximum January average across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

But luckily, there is some reprieve from the heat on the way.

Sydney Australia Day weather

Sydney could see some light showers on the afternoon of Australia Day so if you’re considering taking a stroll on Bondi Beach you might want to consider taking an umbrella.

Temperatures are forecast to reach a top of 29 degrees with a low of 22, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

For areas west of the city including Penrith, the temperature could reach a maximum of 34.

Cities along the NSW South Coast will top the mid 20s.

Holiday maker Debbie Coates in Lake Conjola, NSW, stands outside a caravan as a boy cycles past.
People holidaying at Lake Conjola, on the NSW South Coast enjoy Australia Day in 2020. Source: Getty Images

Canberra to swelter on Australia Day

People living in Canberra are in for a sweltering Australia Day with the city topping 33 and a low of 20.

Up to 6mm of rain could fall too.

It will come as somewhat of a relief after weekend temperatures in the high-30s.

Cool Australia Day for Melbourne

A cool Australia Day will meet Melburnians with temperatures only reaching as high as 20 and as low as 15.

There is a chance of minor rain but it could just be up to 2mm.

Orbost and Mallacoota, both east of Melbourne, will receive some relief from a muggy Monday with temperatures also dropping into the low 20s.

A shower or two is also possibly for these areas.

Crowds celebrate Australia Day on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open.
Cool conditions should greet Melbourne locals on Australia Day this year. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Warm Aussie Day for Brisbane

The Sunshine State shouldn’t see too much of a change from the weekend’s weather albeit with more overcast skies.

There are some possible showers but no more than 2mm is forecast with temperatures maxing 28 and a low of 22.

Up the coastline, Bundaberg, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast areas can expect similar weather on Australia Day.

Cool relief on Australia Day for Adelaide

After several days closing in on 40 degrees, Adelaide residents can enjoy a cooler day on Tuesday with a top of 26 and a low of 17.

Port Augusta, north of the CBD, can expect similar conditions but with more cloud cover.

Perth set for sunny Australia Day

Perth is in for a sunny Australia Day with the temperature topping 31 with a low of 19.

Windy Harbour and surrounding parts in the southern end of Western Australia will be slightly cooler with highs in the mid 20s.

Onslow and Exmouth, north of Perth, however, are in for far warmer conditions with tops in the mid to high 30s.

A satellite weather map of Australia on Australia Day.
Much of Australia is in for an overcast Australia Day this year with some rainfall possible. Source: Windy.com

Wet Australia Day in store for Darwin

If you’re in Darwin for Australia Day unfortunately you will need to keep the umbrella handy after a weekend of rain.

About 65mm of rain could fall across Saturday, Sunday and Monday with more forecast for Tuesday.

Up to 25mm is predicted with the chance of thunderstorms.

Temperatures could peak at about 32 with a low of 25.

Chilly Australia Day for Tasmania

Hobart is going to experience a chilly Australia Day this year with the temperature topping just 17 with a slight chance of shower and a low of 11.

Launceston will be slightly warmer with a top of 22 and low of 12.

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