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Lake Gairdner, Eyre Peninsula
Lake Gairdner, Eyre Peninsula


South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild winters. Generally speaking, it is hotter to the north in the Flinders Ranges, and cooler further south, on Kangaroo Island.

Weather and alerts


Summer is between the months of December to February. South Australian summers are dry and can get quite hot. The temperature in Adelaide is often above 35°C, however daily temperatures can get as high as 45°C. 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+, and drink plenty of water.


Autumn is between the months of March to May. Autumn is a great time to visit Adelaide. There’s a lot of sunshine and the weather usually stays in the low to mid 20s. Autumn colours are best seen in the Adelaide Hills and the reds and oranges peak around Anzac Day.


Winter is between the months of June to August. South Australia gets most of its rainfall during the winter months. 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. 


Spring is between the months September to November. Spring is awash with colour and the purple jacardana trees are a popular attraction during this time. Trees are a lush green and flowers bloom in the city parks. The average daily temperature in spring is a pleasant 21.7°C. Here are our top seven ways to enjoy spring.

For more information visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.


For up to date information on weather alerts, please visit the State Emergency Service website.


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