Launceston has a cool temperate climate (sometimes optimistically described as Mediterranean!), segmented into four distinct seasons. Nestling in the Tamar Valley, and ringed by large hills and mountains, Launceston’s weather patterns are known to vary considerably within a short period.
Summer is January to March, with the warmest months January and February having an average air temperature range of 12.2 °C (54 °F) to 24.4 °C (76 °F). The sun here is surprisingly intense – be sure to pack sunscreen.
Winters (June to August) are a little chilly, with temperatures dropping below 2 °C (36 °F) an average of 61 days / year. July is our coldest month – the average temperature range is 2.2 °C (36 °F) to 12.5 °C (55 °F). Launceston winters are renowned for foggy mornings – due to the winds calming in that season, combined with the topography of the Tamar Valley. Throughout winter the three mountains that overlook Launceston – Mt Arthur, Mt Barrow and Ben Lomond – are often capped with snow, but it rarely falls in the city. The average annual rainfall is 665 mm (26 in).
Come prepared – bring a coat – and you will be sure to enjoy all that our seasons have to offer.