Average Sunshine a Year in Australia's Cities





The yearly averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at large cities in Australia are listed here.

All the data are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1981 to 2010.

Number of Sunny Days

In these tables, the average number of Sunny Days for a city in Australia is the total days a year when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days that cloud covers up to one-quarter of the sky when measured at 9 am and 3 pm local time.

Partly Sunny Days have cloud covering from 25 percent to 75 percent of the sky on average at those two times. The rest of the days in a year are mainly overcast, with at least three-quarters cloud cover.

Total Days With Sun is a sum of the Sunny plus Partly Sunny days.

Days of sunshine on average annually
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Adelaide, South Australia 88 136 224
Albury, New South Wales 108 131 239
Ballarat, Victoria 57 162 219
Bendigo, Victoria 110 150 260
Brisbane, Queensland 126 134 261
Cairns, Queensland 98 137 235
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 105 141 246
Darwin, Northern Territory 110 129 239
Hobart, Tasmania 44 149 193
Launceston, Tasmania 50 151 202
Mackay, Queensland 123 147 270
Average total days a year with sun
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Maitland, New South Wales 90 150 240
Melbourne, Victoria 46 139 185
Newcastle, New South Wales 79 141 220
Perth, Western Australia 144 121 265
Rockhampton, Queensland 121 151 272
Rockingham, Western Australia 146 140 286
Sydney, New South Wales 107 129 236
Toowoomba, Queensland 107 148 255
Townsville, Queensland 116 148 264
Wollongong, New South Wales 108 131 239

Total Hours of Sun

Another way to look at how much sunshine a city gets is to measure the number of hours with bright sunshine. Only some of Australia's large cities have records for the total hours of sun.

Average hours of bright sunshine a year
City Day Annual
Adelaide, South Australia 8 2774
Brisbane, Queensland 8 2884
Cairns, Queensland 8 2738
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 8 2811
Darwin, Northern Territory 9 3103
Hobart, Tasmania 6 2263
Mackay, Queensland 8 2993
Perth, Western Australia 9 3212
Rockhampton, Queensland 7 2592
Sydney, New South Wales 7 2592
Townsville, Queensland 9 3139
Reference

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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