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Townsville Weather

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The tropical savannah climate and the geographical location of Townsville means rainfall, especially in winter, is significantly lower than Cairns. Drive an hour north and the rain increases.

The bulk of Townsville's rain falls between December and March, often with short bursts of intensity, thanks to the city sitting on the southern side of many monsoonal troughs.

The tradewinds that bring rain to other parts of north Queensland do not affect Townsville, leaving the city to enjoy fantastic winter days and balmy evenings.

As a result Townsville enjoys an annual mean of 8.4 hours of sunshine per day, with an average of 121 clear days per year.

Townsville weather

July is the coolest month, if the word 'cool' is appropriate, with a maximum/minimum of 25C/13C. Humidity drops during the dry season and winds are normally light - increasing in October and November as 'Spring' starts to warm things up.

Temperatures will rise on average five degrees and October is balmy, but not too hot. Humidity starts to increase and can reach as high as 60 per cent.

Townsville can experience extremes, in January 1994 temperatures reached 44.3C and it was also the wettest January month on record with 1141.7mm of rainfall.

Like most of North Queensland, Townsville is subject to tropical cyclones and the most recent cyclone to affect the city was Tropical Cyclone Tessi, in April 2000. Thankfully, by the time the cyclone hit land it had been downgraded to a category 2.

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


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