October Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities





The tables here list the average amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during October. 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 October
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Adelaide, South Australia 6 12 19
Albury, New South Wales 8 13 21
Ballarat, Victoria 4 14 18
Bendigo, Victoria 8 15 23
Brisbane, Queensland 11 13 23
Cairns, Queensland 13 13 26
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 9 12 22
Darwin, Northern Territory 11 16 27
Hobart, Tasmania 3 13 16
Launceston, Tasmania 3 15 18
Mackay, Queensland 13 14 27
Days in October with sun
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Maitland, New South Wales 8 13 21
Melbourne, Victoria 4 12 15
Newcastle, New South Wales 7 12 19
Perth, Western Australia 11 11 22
Rockhampton, Queensland 12 14 25
Rockingham, Western Australia 12 13 25
Sydney, New South Wales 9 12 21
Toowoomba, Queensland 11 12 23
Townsville, Queensland 12 15 28
Wollongong, New South Wales 9 12 21

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 October
City Day Month
Adelaide, South Australia 8 257
Brisbane, Queensland 9 264
Cairns, Queensland 9 276
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 9 267
Darwin, Northern Territory 10 298
Hobart, Tasmania 7 220
Mackay, Queensland 10 295
Perth, Western Australia 10 298
Rockhampton, Queensland 8 242
Sydney, New South Wales 8 242
Townsville, Queensland 10 307
Reference

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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