The best times to visit Murray-Darling Basin for ideal weather are

March 5th to May 13th

or

August 27th to December 2nd

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

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Weather in Murray-Darling Basin

Temperature

Average temperatures in Murray-Darling Basin 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 48th 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 Murray-Darling Basin, 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 68.1°F (20.1°C) at night.

Murray-Darling Basin Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Murray-Darling Basin Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Murray-Darling Basin Perceived Temperature (F)

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Murray-Darling Basin Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Murray-Darling Basin 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 95.9 82.8 67.3
Feb 91.9 79.5 66.4
Mar 86.7 73.8 59.8
Apr 77.7 64.7 50.3
May 69.5 56.4 42.3
Jun 61.5 50.3 38.2
Jul 61.3 49.3 35.6
Aug 66.1 52.8 36.8
Sep 74.4 60.1 42.7
Oct 82.5 68.5 51.3
Nov 88 74.6 59
Dec 91.2 78 62

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 35.5 28.2 19.6
Feb 33.3 26.4 19.1
Mar 30.4 23.2 15.4
Apr 25.4 18.2 10.2
May 20.8 13.6 5.7
Jun 16.4 10.2 3.4
Jul 16.3 9.6 2
Aug 18.9 11.6 2.7
Sep 23.6 15.6 5.9
Oct 28.1 20.3 10.7
Nov 31.1 23.7 15
Dec 32.9 25.6 16.7


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Murray-Darling Basin 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 early July. For example, on the week of July 2nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid February with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of February 12th.

When can you find snow in Murray-Darling Basin? 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Murray-Darling Basin.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Murray-Darling Basin (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 8% 0 1.6
Feb 14% 0 2.5
Mar 9% 0 1.2
Apr 5% 0 0.6
May 11% 0 1.4
Jun 9% 0 1.3
Jul 7% 0 0.8
Aug 5% 0 0.5
Sep 6% 0 0.7
Oct 6% 0 0.9
Nov 11% 0 2
Dec 11% 0 1.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 8 0 4.1
Feb 14 0 6.4
Mar 9 0 3
Apr 5 0 1.5
May 11 0 3.6
Jun 9 0 3.3
Jul 7 0 2
Aug 5 0 1.3
Sep 6 0 1.8
Oct 6 0 2.3
Nov 11 0 5.1
Dec 11 0 3.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Murray-Darling Basin has some humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is January (27.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (67.8%).

Wind in Murray-Darling Basin is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.5 MPH or 15.2 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 November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 14.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Murray-Darling Basin.

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Wind

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

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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 8.2 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Feb 7.4 Gentle breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Mar 6.8 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Apr 5.9 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
May 5.3 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Jun 5.2 Light breeze 10.3 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.7 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Aug 6 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Sep 7 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Oct 7.6 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Nov 7.8 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Dec 8 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 27.4%
Feb 36%
Mar 37.7%
Apr 41.9%
May 51.8%
Jun 67.8%
Jul 58.8%
Aug 45.6%
Sep 34.2%
Oct 27.7%
Nov 30.7%
Dec 28.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Murray-Darling Basin?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 13, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Murray-Darling Basin, Australia is August, followed by July and September. 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 Murray-Darling Basin in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 41.3 in February means 41.3% of the tourists vs. August.



Overall Murray-Darling Basin Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88.9°F (31.6°C) and 64.2°F (17.9°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 brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Murray-Darling Basin, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 70.6°F (21.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Murray-Darling Basin to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 97.1°F (36.2°C) and 88.9°F (31.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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