August Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities

The data here describe the amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during August. There are lists with the average number of sunny days, cloudy days, and for some cities, hours of sunshine.

All the measurements are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1991 to 2020.

Sunny and Cloudy Days

Sunny Days data here represent the average number of days this month 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. Cloudy Days are average monthly totals of when cloud covers 75 percent or more of the sky at those two times.

Days of sun and cloud in August
City Sunny Cloudy
Adelaide, South Australia 6 13
Ballarat, Victoria 4 15
Bendigo, Victoria 7 12
Bundaberg, Queensland 18 4
Cairns, Queensland 12 8
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 11 8
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 17 6
Darwin, Northern Territory 21 1
Hobart, Tasmania 4 14
Launceston, Tasmania 4 16
Average number of days in August with sun or cloud
City Sunny Cloudy
Mackay, Queensland 16 5
Maitland, New South Wales 11 8
Melbourne, Victoria 3 15
Newcastle, New South Wales 12 8
Perth, Western Australia 9 11
Rockhampton, Queensland 16 4
Sydney, New South Wales 15 7
Toowoomba, Queensland 14 6
Townsville, Queensland 16 5
h2>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 in August
City Day Month
Adelaide, South Australia 6 192
Cairns, Queensland 8 251
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 7 226
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 8 260
Darwin, Northern Territory 11 326
Mackay, Queensland 9 270
Melbourne, Victoria 5 167
Perth, Western Australia 7 220
Sydney, New South Wales 8 248
Townsville, Queensland 9 279

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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