The climate and weather of the Australian Capital Territory varies greatly. The region experiences dry, hot summers and cold winters with frequent frosts. Many of the higher mountains in ACT are covered with snow during winter. Thunderstorms can occur between October and March, although rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, peaking slightly in late spring.

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The Australian Capital Territory has an elevation of 650 metres and is located some distance from the coast, which results in the region experiencing four distinct seasons.

The region experiences dry, hot summers and cold winters with frequent frosts. Many of the higher mountains in ACT are covered with snow during winter.

Canberra receives the third lowest annual rainfall of capital cities in Australia. Thunderstorms can occur between October and March, although rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, peaking slightly in late spring.

Australian Capital Territory Main Centre Temperatures

Canberra

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High °C 28 27 24 20 16 12 11 13 16 19 23 26
Low °C 13 13 11 7 3 1 0 1 3 6 9 11
High °F 82 81 76 68 60 54 52 55 61 67 73 79
Low °F 56 56 51 44 38 34 32 34 38 43 48 52
Rainfall mm 58 56 51 46 44 40 41 46 52 62 64 54
Rainy Days 7 7 7 7 8 10 10 11 10 10 10 8
Hours Sunshine 294 254 251 219 186 156 180 217 231 267 267 291

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