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Tasmania Weather

Overview

The weather of Tasmania can differ greatly from other Australian weather zones. Tasmania has a temperate maritime climate, which means as a rule, there are seldom vast extremes of temperature, though of course it gets both hot and cold. On mainland Australia weather is generally more arid and, particularly in some states, less seasonally defined than weather in Tasmania. Those from northern Australia would, no doubt, find the winter on the chilly side, but it is a beautiful time of year, with crisp clean air, and low rainfall in many locations makes winter a terrific time for hiking.

Tasmania’s offshore islands offer their own separate climates. For instance, Bruny Island, being south of Hobart and offering a rugged and hilly landscape, is likely to be cooler and more windswept than Tasmania’s general weather.

Today's Forecast Min Max
Bicheno Sunny Sunny 18°C 30°C
Burnie Sunny Sunny 15°C 26°C
Devonport Sunny Sunny 15°C 25°C
Flinders Is Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 18°C 34°C
Hobart Windy Windy 21°C 39°C
King Island Sunny Sunny 18°C 34°C
Launceston Sunny Sunny 16°C 34°C
St Helens Increasing sunshine Increasing sunshine 19°C 34°C
Strahan Windy Windy 18°C 34°C
Swansea Windy Windy 19°C 37°C

Alternatively please select a city to view its 7 day forecast:


Weekly Forecast Min Max
Bicheno - Today Sunny Sunny 17°C 30°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 16°C 21°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 14°C 22°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 14°C 22°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 22°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 11°C 21°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 24°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Burnie - Today Sunny Sunny 15°C 26°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 15°C 29°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 23°C
   Monday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 23°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 23°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 11°C 20°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 12°C 21°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Devonport - Today Sunny Sunny 15°C 25°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 16°C 26°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 23°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 13°C 24°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 24°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 11°C 21°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 12°C 22°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Flinders Is - Today Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 18°C 34°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 18°C 25°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 15°C 24°C
   Monday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 24°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 15°C 23°C
   Wednesday Clearing shower Clearing shower 13°C 21°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 21°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Hobart - Today Windy Windy 21°C 39°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 17°C 26°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 26°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 14°C 27°C
   Tuesday Late shower Late shower 16°C 25°C
   Wednesday Possible shower Possible shower 12°C 25°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 15°C 24°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
King Island - Today Sunny Sunny 18°C 34°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 19°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 20°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 14°C 20°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 19°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 12°C 18°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 20°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Launceston - Today Sunny Sunny 16°C 34°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 17°C 32°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 29°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 13°C 30°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 29°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 11°C 25°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 12°C 27°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
St Helens - Today Increasing sunshine Increasing sunshine 19°C 34°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 16°C 24°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 22°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 13°C 24°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 13°C 24°C
   Wednesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 11°C 22°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 12°C 22°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Strahan - Today Windy Windy 18°C 34°C
   Saturday Drizzle clearing Drizzle clearing 13°C 22°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 10°C 24°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 12°C 25°C
   Tuesday Late shower Late shower 13°C 22°C
   Wednesday Possible shower Possible shower 11°C 22°C
   Thursday Clearing shower Clearing shower 12°C 22°C
Weekly Forecast Min Max
Swansea - Today Windy Windy 19°C 37°C
   Saturday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 16°C 23°C
   Sunday Sunny Sunny 13°C 23°C
   Monday Sunny Sunny 13°C 24°C
   Tuesday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 15°C 23°C
   Wednesday Clearing shower Clearing shower 12°C 21°C
   Thursday Mostly sunny Mostly sunny 14°C 24°C
Tasmania Seasons

Tasmania in autumn
Tasmania weather has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn (Fall) has many sunny days and the landscape produces a mass of colour as 200 year-old oaks, elms, birches and Tasmania’s own native beech, turn from gold to red in preparation for winter. Winter runs from May through August. Spring spans September, October and November, and brings oceans of wildflowers.

The average summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius (62 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit) and in winter, between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius (37 and 51 degrees Fahrenheit). Tasmania’s location below the 40th parallel means the summer evenings display a lingering twilight.

Rainfall

Rainfall varies dramatically across the Island. Because Tasmania’s magnificent west coast rainforest is so renowned, visitors might be surprised to learn that Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres (24 inches) is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide). An annual average of 2,400 mm (95 inches) on the west coast ensures the rainforest thrives.

To find out more about Tasmania’s weather, check out the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

What to do, when?

Because there is a lack of vast metropolitan spread in Tasmania, the minimal artificial light reflecting in the night sky means it is an exceptional location for viewing the Milky Way and one of the wonders of the cosmos; the magnificent Aurora Australis. The air in Tasmania is also exceptionally clean, unpolluted by urban sprawl.

Hiking is an excellent past time all year round, and as long as one is always prepared for changes in the Tasmania weather, there is no season that is really better than another, in which to enjoy this activity. Autumn and spring offer very scenic landscapes with falling multi-hued leaves or blooming flowers, while in summer, swimming can also be enjoyed, and in winter, longer hikes may be undertaken with little fear of overheating. More on hiking, here.

While the magnificent trees of Tasmania, such as the endemic Huon, can be viewed any time of year, dusk in summer is one of the best times to view the large populations of Little Penguins. Many of Tasmania’s animals are nocturnal and a few hours after sunset in spring is the best time to look for the fearsome little Tasmanian Devils. With a massive kelp forest and terrific marine life, summer is a great time for divers. Winter offers some of the best whale viewing in Australia, with pods of Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales going right by.
Find out more about Tasmania's wildlife and nature here.

Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania, also offers a selection of specific seasonal activities to enjoy. Parks Tasmania, here.

Tasmania is a world-renowned fishing destination for fishing, particularly for trout, game fishing, deep sea, and saltwater fishing (including bream). Trout fishing is extremely popular and is best in the spring season, whilst deep sea fishing is attracting anglers to the east coast from December, to as late in the year as June, because the currents raise the water temperature to as high as 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit). These provide excellent conditions for marlin, tuna and shark, and the location for this kind of fishing experience is one of the best in the world.More on fishing here.

Clothing

As Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather. There's only bad clothing'. Therefore, no matter what time of year you come, come prepared and bring a warm coat and a rain jacket. If you are coming in the cooler months, it's best to bring jumpers, long pants, as well clothing you can layer, because even the winter sun can get quite warm, particularly in the east. Summer weather in Tasmania is usually warm, but even then, there can be sudden changes of temperature.
When hiking, always take a jacket or jumper, a rain jacket, and a bottle of water, no matter the season, because sudden downpours, drops or climbs in temperature, do occur, particularly when at a higher altitude (Cradle Mountain etc).