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Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula

South Australia climate and weather

South Australia has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. It's perfect holiday weather. Learn more today.

Four beautiful seasons

South Australia is the perfect place to escape to. It has mild winters and warm to hot, dry summers.

Northern parts of the state (such as the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia) experience very hot conditions during summer. Many of these areas are desert, so the days can be hot, while the nights are often cold.

Kanyaka Waterhole in the Flinders Ranges

Kanyaka Waterhole, Flinders Ranges. Northern parts of the state experience very hot summer temperatures.

Be sun smart
The sun can be extremely intense in Australia. To avoid skin burn, seek shade whenever possible, particularly between the hours of 11am and 3pm. When out in the sun, wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face, ears and neck. Use a maximum protection, broad based spectrum sun screen of at least SPF 30+.

Seasonal weather
South Australia gets most of its rainfall during the winter months of June, July and August. It rains more around the city and Mount Lofty Ranges (up to 1000 millimetres), than it does in the outback.

The Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre can be particularly dry (receiving around 100 millimetres of rain). Winter temperatures in South Australia hover around 15.9°C. It gets colder in the Adelaide Hills and the outback, often dipping below 10°C.

Autumn (March to May) is a great time to visit Adelaide. There’s a lot of sunshine and the temperatures in Adelaide usually stay in the low to mid 20s. Spring (September to November) is awash with colour. Flowers bloom and the wildlife flourishes.

The weather in South Australia warms up as it gets closer to summer. These are the average daily temperatures for Adelaide:

  • Average daily winter temperatures (June - August), Adelaide - Max 15.9°C, Min 8°C.
  • Average daily spring temperatures (September - November), Adelaide - Max 21.7°C, Min 11.6°C.
  • Average daily summer temperatures (December - February), Adelaide - Max 28.3°C, Min 16.5°C, but daily temperatures can get as high as 45°C.
  • Average daily autumn temperatures (March - May), Adelaide - Max 22.4°C, Min 12.5°C.

Road trips in South Australia and Adelaide

Our road trips are packed with things to do along stunning coastlines, food and wine regions and the magical Murray River.

What's on: events in Adelaide & South Australia

South Australia is Australia’s best festival state, an accolade we have won two years in a row. Find out what's on now.

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