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Old 08-31-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Hobart's record highs are higher than I thought;
Dec-Feb, ever monthly record is 40-40.6 C (104-105 F)
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Thanks Hairy.
Seems like I should have been a meteorologist.

All depends on what you consider moderate and what weather you want to see most.
From the weather stats I've read online... (no actual experience in Australia )

Darwin is superb if you love warm/hot weather.
12 degrees from the equator, their winter is like a Jamaican winter with virtually-rainless conditions
occaisonal cool, almost spring-like snaps, (mornings into the 50's F or 10-15 C)
and their summer is very rainy and muggy.
It's coastal, so it probably usually avoids extreme heat indexes (probably won't kill you )
but still the heat index would be high to very-high all summer.
Darwin has extreme rainfall patterns; usually drought or near-flood.

Cairns/Townsville is close to Miami/Honolulu for temperatures,
misses out on Miami's risk of frost but Cairns being wetter is a little less sunny.
Their winter cool-snaps are probably more pronounced, maybe mornings at 40-55 F or 4-12 C.
Summers are nearly as muggy as Darwin's.

Brisbane is my natural pick for "moderate temps."
I think their record high is under 104 F (40 C) while most of Oz has records well above that.
Similar to Jacksonville FL annually, but with milder winters and cooler summers.
A little cloudier than the southeastern US in summer.
Coolest winter days seem to drop as low as 60 F (16 C)
Summers have moderate-high humidity; expect it to feel muggy.

Sydney is generally cooler and sometimes cloudier than Brisbane.
Their summers aren't as muggy, though still fairly humid
however their summer temperatures are more variable.
Sydney once-in-a-blue-moon can get scorching highs of 110 F (43 C)
If you want to avoid "constant mugginess" it is more moderate than Brisbane.
But you pay for that in winter; coolest winter days can easily be in the low 50's F, (11-13 C) sometimes lower.

All the other cities will be even less muggy than Sydney.

Melbourne has the most variable weather; I wouldn't pick it for moderation.
They are known for frequent changes from warm/hot and dry to cool/cold and wet.
Winters would be like San Francisco, (moderate, but it stays chilled )
while summers are extremely variable, though most of the time like a drier version of Toronto's summer.
Coldest winter days probably dip into the 40's F (6-9 C) most years.
Cloudiest city in Australia.

Perth is best for regular sunshine and low-but-not-crackling-dry humidity.
Winters slightly cooler and wetter than southern California.
Summers might be like eastern suburbs of Los Angeles with a lot of heat waves, as well as some days without heat.
Coldest winter days about the same as Sydney's.

Adelaide is in between Perth and Melbourne, literally.
Winters are closer to Melbourne's, but summers are closer to Perth's.
More variable summer humidity and more likely to be "crackling-dry."
Hottest heat waves of any major city, yet can also be "coolish" in summer.
Moderate sunshine annually, not extremely cloudy in winter or extremely sunny in summer.
Coldest winter days are marginally-colder than Sydney's.

Canberra is colder in winter and hotter in summer than Melbourne.
Low humidity, perhaps crackling-dry at times.
Moderate for sunshine year round.
Mornings can be cold any time of year; occaisional summer mornings of 43 F/6 C.
Highest chance of frost in winter for a major Australian city.
Coldest winter mornings easily 24 F/-4 C or colder.

Hobart is a bit cooler than Melbourne year-round, and a bit more stable for temps.
Probably would feel like a slightly warmer version of Scotland or Ireland.
Slightly higher sun totals than Melbourne though.
Moderately-cold winters and cool summers, with occaisional heatwaves.
Record high is surprisingly high; 100-103 F or 37-39 C?
Coldest winter days probably around 40 F (4 C)
Excellent and informative summary!

As an aside, an Aussie mate once told me that Nov/Dec in Darwin is known as the "divorce" season as the heat and humidity build up can drive people a bit spare
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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Thanks Hairy.
Seems like I should have been a meteorologist.

All depends on what you consider moderate and what weather you want to see most.
From the weather stats I've read online... (no actual experience in Australia )
and to think you've never set foot on Australia!
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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and to think you've never set foot on Australia!
Haha yeah he's done his research!

Like other posters have said most parts of Australia offer a pretty pleasant climate by world standards. By pick for the big cities is probably still Sydney or Brisbane, I like thunderstorms in summer and sunshine in winter.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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I can't really answer your comparison questions but thought I might be able to give a bit of useful info.
The "best" climate would depend on what you prefer! Constant heat? Darwin. Real seasons? Adelaide or Melbourne.

Here's a great weather www for all of Australia. Sydney Forecast

I live in Sydney & there's different climates depending on where about's you are.
If you're by the coast then you get coastal breezes & a bit more rain. If you live way out west the temperature can be around 5 degrees C higher in summer & a lot colder at night in winter & no coastal breeze relief in summer.
Summer can be unbearably humid!
Our past winter has been the coldest on average for about 10 years (or so the news told me last night). Having said that our lowest temps have been about 5 at night & highs of about 17 during the day. So still very pleasant to get out & about.
I think our (Sydney) climate is possibly similar to California.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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For a real 4 seasons, probably only Canberra fits the bill.
The city, often dismissed as too cold in winter to have a nice climate, does in fact have a very warm summer to compensate for that.
It also has a very distinct autumn and spring.
I have been down there in spring, and the weather was glorious.
The winters are also quite tame by North American standards.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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As far as weather, Perth rules!

Got to get some reward for living in the pricey arse end of nowhere
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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As far as weather, Perth rules!

Got to get some reward for living in the pricey arse end of nowhere
Perth's nothing that special by Australian standards. Give me the East coast anyday.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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For a real 4 seasons, probably only Canberra fits the bill.
The city, often dismissed as too cold in winter to have a nice climate, does in fact have a very warm summer to compensate for that.
It also has a very distinct autumn and spring.
I have been down there in spring, and the weather was glorious.
The winters are also quite tame by North American standards.
I agree. Not that I want 4 seasons. () Places like Adelaide and Melbourne probably have more variation within summer itself, than compared to their winter vs. summer averages.

The only thing scary about Canberra's winters is Austalia's trend of having no insulation and poor-to-no heating. Canberra's winters are harsher than even Hobart's, for temperatures.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Canberra is even colder than Christchurch during winter! It is a bit sunnier though.

Presumably houses in Canberra are insulated to a greater extent than elsewhere in Aus?
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