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Summers in Canberra can be very hot, often reaching 30C -plus, although those easterly winds can result in cooler evenings, making it ideal for outdoor dining. Surrounding forests are subject to bushfires and it is not uncommon to see palls of smoke rising from the earby Brindabella Ranges. The highest summer temperature recorded in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was 42.2C on February 1, 1968, and because of the inland location, humidity is very rare.

Autumn is very pleasant in Canberra with cooler daytime temperatures as the city heads for the frosts of winter. Equally, Spring in Canberra is often quite wet. Winters can be cold by Australian standards. July is the coldest month with average maximum temperatures only around 12C. The coldest recorded Canberra night was on July 11, 1961 when Canberrans shivered to a bone chilling minus 10C.

Canberra experiences snow during the winter months - only a light dusting usually - but the nearby Brindabella ranges receives heavier falls and the white-capped peaks are visible from the CBD. Winter days are cold, but clear with light westerly winds, and nights cold with frosts and fog.

Canberra is not a wet city, experiencing the third lowest rainfall of all capital cities (after Adelaide and Hobart). The ACT receives about 630mm of rain per year - with thunderstorms - and occasional hail - in summer, winter cold fronts with the wettest month being October and June the driest. Canberra is not known as a windy city, although it can get quite breezy in August and September.

Click here for the official weather forecast from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.


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