Brisbane is known for its pleasant weather, and has a subtropical climate with hot summers, warm winters, and plenty of sunshine year round.
Summer runs from December till February and is hot and sticky with abundant rainfall. In contrast to the rest of Australia, southeast Queensland commonly has the highest percentage of precipitation and humidity during the summer. People travelling from more moderate climates may find summer too hot, particularly on windless days when the high temperature builds up in the valley. The average high temperature gets up to 29°C and the average low to 21°C for most of the season. It regularly gets into the 30s and the record high is 42°C. With soaring humidity, the heat is sometimes quite uncomfortable. This is Brisbane’s wet season and torrential downpours occur frequently, usually with high winds, thunder and lightning.
Autumn cools off slightly and sees a rapid reduction in rainfall. The average high temperature drops from the high 20s at the start of the season to the mid 20s by its end. Nights gradually become more comfortable and by May you might even want a light extra layer. Rainfall lessens in quantity and frequency as the season progresses but heavy showers are still common. Sunshine levels do drop, but even May, Brisbane’s gloomiest month of the year, still sees an average of six hours of sunshine per day. The sea remains very warm in the mid 20s.
Winter is pleasantly warm and dry with cool nights. In the city the average high temperature drops into the low 20s while the average low sits around 10°C. It can still get into the mid 20s but generally it is quite mild, and you will need a sweater at night. It is pretty sunny with sunshine levels increasing to an average of eight hours per day in August. Rainfall lessens to the odd shower and the sea gets down to 21°C.
A Brisbane spring is hot and sunny, starting off very dry. The average high temperature creeps up through the mid 20s, reaching 27°C in November, and nights become warm again. The start of spring sees very little rain, with the beginning of the wet season starting in October. Late winter and early spring are commonly thought to offer Brisbane’s most enjoyable weather due to the absence of rain, extreme heat and abundance of sunshine.