December Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities





The tables here list the average amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during December. There's information on the number of sunny days and, for some cities, hours of sunshine.

All the statistics 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 in December
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Adelaide, South Australia 8 13 20
Albury, New South Wales 11 11 22
Ballarat, Victoria 5 14 20
Bendigo, Victoria 11 13 24
Brisbane, Queensland 7 14 21
Cairns, Queensland 7 13 20
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 8 13 21
Darwin, Northern Territory 1 10 11
Hobart, Tasmania 3 12 15
Launceston, Tasmania 4 15 19
Mackay, Queensland 8 14 23
Days in December with sun
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Maitland, New South Wales 6 14 19
Melbourne, Victoria 4 12 16
Newcastle, New South Wales 6 13 18
Perth, Western Australia 17 9 26
Rockhampton, Queensland 6 16 22
Rockingham, Western Australia 17 12 28
Sydney, New South Wales 6 12 18
Toowoomba, Queensland 6 14 20
Townsville, Queensland 6 16 22
Wollongong, New South Wales 6 12 18

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 December
City Day Month
Adelaide, South Australia 10 295
Brisbane, Queensland 9 273
Cairns, Queensland 8 242
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 9 291
Darwin, Northern Territory 7 208
Hobart, Tasmania 7 229
Mackay, Queensland 9 273
Perth, Western Australia 12 360
Rockhampton, Queensland 8 239
Sydney, New South Wales 8 239
Townsville, Queensland 9 288
Reference

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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