Weather and Climate in Perth, Western Australia
Western Australia is huge so there's a big difference in climatic variation. The Southwest (including Perth) enjoys a temperate climate with hot dry Summers and mild wet Winters. There are four definite seasons here.
The tropical area around Broome and the Kimberley has only two seasons; hot and wet and hot and dry.
I seem to remember reading an article that said researchers had decided that the area around Bunbury and Bussleton in South West Western Australia was the most climatically suitable for a human being to live in. Seems to me to be as good a reason as any to come here!
As far as Perth is concerned the temperature during the Summer months averages at 32C during the day and 19C at night, Winter averages at 18C during the day and 10C at night, with Autumn and Spring somewhere in between at averages of 23C during the day and 14C at night.
Perth isn't generally humid compared to the UK unless it's a cloudy day or is extremely hot (around 42/44C) but most days have a dry heat with a cooling breeze that definitely picks up in the afternoons (otherwise know as the Fremantle Doctor).
It's in the Top 5 windiest cities in the World but don't let that put you off, you'll certainly sleep well at night with all the fresh air!
As far as rain is concerned, as you would imagine most rain fall in the Winter Months of mid May to the end of August although for some reason it tends to rain at night more than in the day (not that I'm complaining, coming from Manchester!). Rainfall in Winter then averages at just over 100mm (4 inches)in May and August and between 150 to 175mm (6 to 7 inches) in June and July. During the Summer months there's hardly any rain, maybe a couple of milimetres here and there.
For average monthly temperatures, rainfall and hours of sunshine, please click on the links below for the area that you are visting:
For all other areas, please see the Bureau of Meterology website.
Although the North of Western Australia is in the "Cyclone Belt", Perth is too far south to be bothered much by them. The most we get is a few days of cloud and rain from the backlash so don't be worried there.
Lightweight clothes are needed in Perth for Summer but Winters are cool and medium weight jumpers/sweaters and an overcoat or warm raincoat would be advisable. Australians as a rule are informal in their dress and aim to be comfortable.
A good pair of sunglasses, a hat and Factor 30 sun cream all all a must here in Summer, in fact you can't find any sun creams under Factor 30 and believe me, they are a complete necessity. Forget your Factor 15 for Spanish heat, that just won't cut it here in full on Summer.
Australia and New Zealand both have the highest rate of ultra violet radiation (UV) in the world with Western Australia and therefore Perth, being particularly high. Listen to the weather forecasts on the radio and you'll hear what the UV rating is for that day. 10-15 minutes in the sun from late October to the end of April is enough to get sunburnt.
To avoid getting burnt you'll need to invest in some Factor 30 sunscreen. the UV is highest between 11am and 3pm so try to avoid sun worshipping between those times and get some shade, have a long lunch etc!
Severe Weather Warnings
For up to the minute information on Western Australia weather and warnings see www.bom.gov.au/weather/wa