The best times to visit Lightning Ridge for ideal weather are
March 5th to May 27th
August 13th to November 11th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Lightning Ridge Travel Guide
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Weather in Lightning Ridge
Average temperatures in Lightning Ridge vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th 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 Lightning Ridge, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid January where highs are regularly around 97.1°F (36.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68°F (20°C) at night.
Lightning Ridge Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Lightning Ridge Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Lightning Ridge Perceived Temperature (F)
Lightning Ridge Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Lightning Ridge 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Lightning Ridge are April, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late April. For example, on the week of April 23rd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.
When can you find snow in Lightning Ridge? 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 Lightning Ridge.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lightning Ridge (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Lightning Ridge has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is October (31.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (64%).
Wind in Lightning Ridge is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 8.4 knots (9.7 MPH or 15.6 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 mid December where average top sustained speeds reach 15 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lightning Ridge.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||8.4||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.4||Gentle breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.2||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.8||Light breeze||10||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||6.2||Light breeze||10.6||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.3||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.9||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.2||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.2||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Lightning Ridge?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Australia; 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 Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Lightning Ridge, NW, Australia is May, followed by July and August. 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 Lightning Ridge in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Lightning Ridge Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.7°F (32.6°C) and 68°F (20°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 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 comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Lightning Ridge, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 92.9°F (33.8°C) and 73.7°F (23.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 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 perfect this time of year in Lightning Ridge to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 97.1°F (36.2°C) and 90.6°F (32.6°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.