Weather in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory of Australia, which stretches for almost 1,600 kilometers from top to bottom, is divided into two main regions: the semi-arid Red Center and the tropical Top End.

If you visit Uluru and Alice Springs, for example, find yourself in the Red Center, while the Top End is home to the capital Darwin and the Kakadu National Park waterfalls.

The most popular time to visit the Northern Territory is from May to October, allowing visitors to avoid the rainy season in the north and extremely high temperatures in the center of the country.


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    Discover The Climate, Seasons, and Monthly Temperature in Northern Territory

    The Territory is known for its national parks and unique landscapes, so the weather is an essential factor to consider when planning your trip. Read on for a complete guide to the climate of the Northern Territory.

    Northern Territory rainy season

    The Top End experiences a rainy season from November to April. Average temperatures range from 75 to 90 degrees F, with rain almost every day and a high probability of monsoon storms from October to December. The rainy season is also the wettest time of the year, with humidity levels reaching 70 percent in January and February.

    Although there are constant rains throughout the season, January is the wettest month in the Territory. It can be challenging to reach some of the more remote Top End destinations during this period due to flooding and closed roads.

    There are some good spots to visit during the rainy season: National parks are green and vibrant thanks to much-needed rain, and prices for tours and accommodation can be lower as well. However, unless you're willing to be extremely flexible with your travel plans, it's best to avoid the rainy season at the higher end.

    Northern Territory Regions

    The Top End

    The Top End covers the extreme north of the Territory, including destinations such as Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu, and Arnhem Land.

    The maximum temperature here is around 90 degrees F year-round, with the rainy season from November to April and the dry season from May to October.

    Expect humidity and sunshine in the mornings, followed by tropical rains in the afternoon, if you choose to visit in the rainy season. The wind is light throughout the year.

    Swimming at Darwin's beaches is not recommended due to jellyfish (October to May) and crocodiles, but there are many pools, tide pools, and waterfalls that are open to the public.

    Kakadu and Litchfield National Park are most accessible during the dry season, and many of Darwin's popular events and markets take place during this period.

    Red center

    The Red Center is home to destinations such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, and Uluru, in the heart of Australia. Days are generally warm and sunny, but desert nights can be unexpectedly cool. Temperatures reach summer highs of 95 degrees F and winter lows of 40 degrees F.

    Even during the summer, the Red Center doesn't experience the oppressive humidity you'll find further north, and an early start is possible to beat the heat.

    However, if you plan to make the most of the region's national parks, the ideal time to visit them is between April and October. As in Darwin, events in Alice Springs are often scheduled outside of the summer months.

    Northern Territory Summer

    From December to January, temperatures skyrocket across the Northern Territory. Highs hover around 90 ° F at the high end and above 95 ° F in the red center.

    In Top End, these warmer days are accompanied by almost constant rain and high humidity. There are between 12 and 13 hours of daylight in the Territory during the summer.

    What to pack: Protect yourself from the harsh sun with long sleeves, a hat, and high-SPF sunscreen.

    At Top End, you will need a raincoat, while the Red Center climate calls for lightweight, breathable fabrics. Make sure you bring plenty of water, especially if you are traveling to remote areas.

    Fall in the Northern Territory

    Temperatures drop slightly in the southern part of the Territory in the fall, peaking at 92 degrees F in April and 74 degrees F in May.

    However, Top End maintains its wet season conditions, with heat, humidity and rain during the months of March and April. It is still warm enough to swim in many places, between 11 and 12 hours of daylight.

    What to bring: A raincoat will come in handy in the north. If you are visiting the Red Center, pack a sweater for the cooler nights.

    Northern Territory Winter

    Winter is the high season for tourism in the Territory, as clear skies and more bearable temperatures allow hiking, camping, and kayaking. Expect plenty of suns everywhere and the occasional morning frost in the Red Center.

    Temperatures in Alice Springs range from lows of 40 degrees F to highs of 65-75 degrees F. In Darwin, temperatures remain stable in the 70s and 80s, with almost no rain and much lower humidity levels. There are between 10 and 11 hours of daylight throughout the Territory.

    What to pack: We recommend comfortable closed-toe shoes for outdoor activities, as well as a coat or sweater for after dark. If you are camping in the Red Center, you will need a sleeping bag with a temperature of at least 30 degrees F.

    Spring in the Northern Territory

    Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Red Center, with wildflowers in bloom and pleasant walking conditions. Highs reach 85 degrees F in Alice Springs and lows range from 50 to 65 ° F.

    In Darwin, the two months leading up to the rainy season are called accumulation, with an increase in temperature and humidity and storms reaching the Timor Sea during October and November. Temperatures reach the 80s and 90s, and the humidity rises as well.

    There are between 12 and 13 hours of daylight throughout the Territory during the spring.

    What to pack: Get ready for the wet weather at Top End, with waterproof shoes and a raincoat. At Red Center, you'll need to dress for a wide range of temperatures in loose layers.

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