The best times to visit Northern Rivers for ideal weather are
March 19th to June 10th
August 13th to November 18th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northern Rivers Travel Guide
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Weather in Northern Rivers
Average temperatures in Northern Rivers vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 45th 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 Northern Rivers, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 86.1°F (30.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.3°F (19.1°C) at night.
Northern Rivers Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern Rivers 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.
Northern Rivers Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Rivers Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern Rivers 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 Northern Rivers are September, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early August. For example, on the week of July 30th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.
When can you find snow in Northern Rivers? 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 Northern Rivers.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Rivers (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
Northern Rivers has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is August (60.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is April (74.5%).
Wind in Northern Rivers is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 6.8 knots (7.8 MPH or 12.5 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 13.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Rivers.
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||6.3||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.7||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.1||Light breeze||10.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5.2||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.9||Light breeze||9.1||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.4||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.7||Light breeze||10.1||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.2||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||6.3||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.8||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6.8||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.3||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Rivers?
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 Northern Rivers, NW, Australia is July, followed by August 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 Northern Rivers in May. 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 Northern Rivers Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 84.2°F (29°C) and 70.3°F (21.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 4 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Rivers, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 85°F (29.4°C) and 73.9°F (23.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Northern Rivers to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.1°F (30.1°C) and 82.5°F (28.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.