It also contains information about the climate’s perceived humidity level, which is a good indicator of how comfortable it is to be outdoors. This information can help you plan your trip to Adelaide.
The weather in the Adelaide area is fairly warm and dry with occasional light showers to be had. The most notable exception to this rule is the city centre, a tad dampened by a lack of sunshine. Thankfully, we are well served by a plethora of weather stations dotted around the metropolis. The best of these is the state government operated Weather SA, a state agency which is the envy of many in the South Australian state government and boasts an impressive number of weather professionals. Among these are a good number of weather enthusiasts who are more than up to the task of navigating the plethora of weather related questions and queries in a timely manner.
Weather satellite images are a great way to see how the cloud cover is developing and moving. New observations are available every 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the location. These satellite images are used by meteorologists for short term forecasting.
Adelaide, located in South Australia, has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Rainfall is generally evenly distributed throughout the year but summers can be dry.
Winds are light and variable. Early in the morning they can be strong and gusty around the hills, tending northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h after dawn then becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h later in the afternoon, finally shifting easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.
There are small, stationary patches of light rain, mostly along the higher ground of the city. These can be difficult to detect from the radar, but are a sign of low-pressure systems near the coast.
Sea clutter is occasionally seen in the coastal area to the west and southwest, out to about 30km. These echoes are caused by the wind, which is blowing over sea water and are not rain. They are a good indicator of a low-pressure system, which is usually accompanied by rain.
The main topographic feature of the region is the Mount Lofty Ranges, which run roughly north to south from Burra to Cape Jervis. They can be obscured from the radar view by rain showers and drizzle beyond them, particularly to the east and southeast.
Partly cloudy with isolated showers and very brief heavy rain likely during the late afternoon and evening. This is due to a cold front approaching the region from the northwest.
This will cause rain to fall over the northern parts of the state and a few squalls are expected. It is also possible that a thunderstorm could form during this time.
Typically, these storms will have an impact on the city centre and the outer suburbs. They may be severe in nature and result in flooding, but they are not usually dangerous to people. They will not affect power supplies or transport infrastructure.
Windy conditions can be expected, especially during the morning and afternoon. Overnight, the skies may remain overcast with a few clouds. The day will be pleasantly warm with temperatures reaching 23 degF.
Cloudy weather is also forecasted for Tuesday. Overnight, some clouds may roll across Adelaide Island and over the city. The afternoon will be mainly overcast with almost no sunshine.
The temperature at Adelaide is typically mild and pleasant. During the summer, it typically ranges from 45degF to 83degF and rarely drops below 38degF or rises above 97degF.
During the winter, it can be cold and snowy in Adelaide. The city receives an average of 1.1 inches of snow each year.
When it comes to rain, Adelaide receives an average of 2.0 inches per year. The month with the most rainfall is June, while the month with the least is January.
Wet days are those in which at least 0.04 inches of liquid-equivalent precipitation falls. The chance of a wet day varies throughout the year, with a peak probability of 31% on July 2.
The driest time of year in Adelaide is February, during which on average there are 3.0 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Satellite imagery of the weather is often used to detect clouds and other atmospheric features in Adelaide. The images can be animated to produce a minute-by-minute view of the weather.
Temperatures at Adelaide are relatively consistent throughout the year, staying within 1% of 1% from one day to the next. However, the humidity level does vary slightly from one day to the next, with a perceived comfort level of muggy, oppressive, or miserable on 2% of days in 2023.
This information is based on a statistical analysis of hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 2016. We adjust the records for elevation and a relative change in MERRA-2 data from the nearest stations that contribute to our estimate of Adelaide’s temperature history.
The hottest temperature recorded in Adelaide was 82degF on January 1. It was the coldest on November 7. The driest air mass during the year was the Pacific Ocean, with an average pressure of 980 millibars (mm Hg). This data is derived from the daily maximum and minimum temperatures at three stations near Adelaide that are nearest enough to contribute to our estimate of the city’s temperature history.
Mostly sunny with a temperature swell in the 70 to 80 degree range. Winds are in the low single digits most of the time, with the odd gust making an appearance from time to time. The best weather conditions can be had if you’re not too busy eating your breakfast. Probably the most enjoyable parts of the day are in the early morning and evening hours when you’re not stuck in traffic. The best vantage point is in the centre of the city atop the Oval Building.