The best times to visit Dunedin for ideal weather are

December 10th to March 4th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Dunedin Travel Info

Weather in Dunedin


Average temperatures in Dunedin vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 18th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Dunedin, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late December where highs are regularly around 71.8°F (22.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.8°F (8.8°C) at night.

Dunedin Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Dunedin Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Dunedin Perceived Temperature (F)


Dunedin Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Dunedin Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 70.6 58.9 46.8
Feb 69 57.7 46.1
Mar 67.9 55.8 43.5
Apr 62 50.8 39.4
May 56.4 46.1 35.2
Jun 51.1 41.4 31.7
Jul 51.1 40.9 30.3
Aug 53.9 43.6 32.9
Sep 58.2 47.2 34.8
Oct 61.5 50.2 38.1
Nov 65 53.6 42.2
Dec 68.8 57.5 45.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 21.4 14.9 8.2
Feb 20.6 14.3 7.8
Mar 19.9 13.2 6.4
Apr 16.7 10.4 4.1
May 13.6 7.8 1.8
Jun 10.6 5.2 -0.2
Jul 10.6 4.9 -0.9
Aug 12.2 6.4 0.5
Sep 14.6 8.4 1.6
Oct 16.4 10.1 3.4
Nov 18.3 12 5.7
Dec 20.4 14.2 7.7



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Dunedin are July, February, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid to late August. For example, on the week of August 20th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.

When can you find snow in Dunedin? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Dunedin.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Dunedin (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 16% 0 1.8
Feb 15% 0 2.1
Mar 16% 0 2.1
Apr 19% 0 1.8
May 24% 0 3.8
Jun 16% 0 2.4
Jul 15% 0 1.7
Aug 16% 0 1.7
Sep 16% 0 1.4
Oct 24% 0 2.3
Nov 17% 0 1.6
Dec 16% 0 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 16 0 4.6
Feb 15 0 5.3
Mar 16 0 5.3
Apr 19 0 4.6
May 24 0 9.7
Jun 16 0 6.1
Jul 15 0 4.3
Aug 16 0 4.3
Sep 16 0 3.6
Oct 24 0 5.8
Nov 17 0 4.1
Dec 16 0 4.8


Humidity and Wind

Dunedin has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is November (64.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (79.2%).

Wind in Dunedin is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by November and January. October’s average wind speed of around 7.9 knots (9 MPH or 14.6 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late October to early November where average top sustained speeds reach 16 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Dunedin.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze
Feb 6.2 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Mar 6.2 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Apr 5.8 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
May 5.8 Light breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Jun 6.4 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Jul 5.6 Light breeze 10.5 Significant breeze
Aug 5.8 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 6.9 Light breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Oct 7.9 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Nov 7.7 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Dec 6.9 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 65.7%
Feb 70%
Mar 70.3%
Apr 74.9%
May 77.3%
Jun 79.2%
Jul 76.9%
Aug 77.3%
Sep 68.5%
Oct 64.5%
Nov 64.5%
Dec 66.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Dunedin?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Dunedin, New Zealand is March, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Dunedin in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.6 in November means 56.6% of the tourists vs. March.



Overall Dunedin Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68.7°F (20.4°C) and 53.9°F (12.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the least precipitation with about 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Dunedin, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 69°F (20.6°C) and 57.1°F (13.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Dunedin to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 71.8°F (22.1°C) and 66.9°F (19.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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