The best times to visit Northern Territory for ideal weather are
April 16th to September 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northern Territory Travel Guide
Other Northern Territory Travel Info
Weather in Northern Territory
Average temperatures in Northern Territory vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 41st 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 Territory, the hottest months are November, December, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early December where highs are regularly around 92.9°F (33.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.2°F (22.3°C) at night.
Northern Territory Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern Territory 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 Territory Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Territory Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern Territory 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 Territory are August, July, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid January with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 8th.
When can you find snow in Northern Territory? 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 Territory.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Territory (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 Territory has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (39.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (64.1%).
Wind in Northern Territory is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by February and June. January’s average wind speed of around 6.2 knots (7.1 MPH or 11.5 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 January where average top sustained speeds reach 12 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Territory.
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||6.2||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.8||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.2||Light breeze||10.3||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5.1||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.4||Light breeze||10.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.8||Light breeze||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.8||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Aug||5.7||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||5.6||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||5.7||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Nov||5.4||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||5.4||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Territory?
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 Territory, Australia is August, followed by June 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 Territory 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
Overall Northern Territory Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.7°F (32.1°C) and 82°F (27.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 10 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Territory, 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 88.2°F (31.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 5 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 Northern Territory to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 92.6°F (33.7°C) and 87.3°F (30.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 13 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.