Gold Coast Climate Guide

The Simple Climate Guide to the Gold Coast for all Visitors

 

The Gold Coast has a comfortable, sub-tropical climate, which is enjoyable all year round temperatures average in the mid to high 20’s all year round.

Summer spans the months of December to February and sees the highest rainfalls. Being sub-tropical, when it rains on the Gold Coast it’s often seen that storms and clouds take a ‘dump and run’ approach, rather than drizzling rain all day. After the rain, any storm activity or gray skies tend to clear up quickly, and there’s a fast return to sunshine. It can also be quite humid, but not uncomfortably so due to sea breezes. Whilst high 20’s are the average during summer, many days are in the high 30’s and sometimes occasionally even crack the 40 degree Celsius mark.

Autumn lasts from March until May and is favored by many being very comfortable weather day and night. Temps range from 18 to 25 Celsius and the ocean water temp is still holding up enough to enjoy a comfortable swim.

Winter starts in June and finishes in August. During this time it is not as humid and there is much less rainfall, the nights are certainly cooler too, but not cold, dropping only to the mid-teens on average. It’s still a great time to visit, particularly if you don’t like the really hot weather.

Spring starts in September and finishes in November offering very pleasant weather albeit a little dry and occasionally windy in its early onset.  Temps range from 16 to 25 degrees.

 

Clothing – Sunscreen is a must, along with a hat, and sunglasses for eye comfort. Lightweight clothing is most comfortable most year round with a light jacket or jumper for cooler nights in winter. One of the most important considerations on the Gold Coast is Sun Safety – learn more about sun protection at QLD Government Sun Safe site

 

Seasons and Average daytime temperatures by Month
25°min – 30°max.
Dec/Jan/Feb
Summer
18°min – 26°max.
March/April/May
Autumn
13°min – 21°max.
June/July/Aug
Winter
16°min – 25°max.
Sep/Oct/Nov
Spring
Average Water Temperature by Month
25°
Dec/Jan/Feb
23°
March/April/May
20°
June/July/Aug
22°
Sep/Oct/Nov
All temps in Celsius. Fahrenheit = ° C × 1.8 + 32

 

Gold Coast Tides & QLD Weather Warnings

 

Visit Tide Predictions for Queensland for the latest tide reports from the Bureau of Meteorology. Visit Queensland Warnings Summary – see any current warnings in effect for Queensland, from the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Surf Reports

 

If you are heading out surfing you can get the latest conditions at Coastal Watch including Surf Cams and condition reports.

 

Other Gold Coast Climate and Weather FAQ’s

 

What time is sunrise and sunset on the Gold Coast?

Here are the average sunrise and sunset times for each month

Date Sunrise Sunset Day length
January
February 05:28
March
April
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Does the Gold Coast have different time zones or observe daylight saving time?

The whole of Queensland is one timezone and does not observe Daylight Saving Time. The timezone in Queensland is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), UTC +10.

 

What is the Ultraviolet Index or UV Index?

UV Index describes the level of solar UV radiation intensity for that day. It’s important to take notice of this figure and to dress appropriately. The UV index is at its highest during summer months.

 

Where can I get a trusted and accurate weather report and UV Index?

Visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Gold Coast page

 

Monthly Temperature and Rainfall chart

Here is a chart for Gold Coast weather by month inc. temps and rainfall from BOM.gov.au

 

Statistics Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Temperature
Mean maximum temperature (°C) 28.6 28.6 27.7 25.7 23.4 21.3 21.1 21.8 23.8 25.2 26.6 27.7 25.1
Mean minimum temperature (°C) 21.8 21.8 20.7 18.3 15.3 13.1 12.0 12.5 14.8 16.9 18.9 20.4 17.2
Rainfall
Mean rainfall (mm) 124.2 171.6 103.7 123.3 119.8 110.7 44.9 63.3 45.1 104.8 128.9 146.0 1285.5
Decile 5 (median) rainfall (mm) 110.6 147.2 103.8 89.0 83.2 57.2 34.0 40.4 25.0 102.8 87.2 128.0 1265.8
Mean number of days of rain ≥ 1 mm 9.1 9.8 10.4 9.2 9.0 6.9 4.6 4.8 5.3 7.0 8.9 9.3 94.3
9 am conditions
Mean 9am temperature (°C) 26.0 25.8 24.8 22.7 19.8 17.1 16.5 17.7 20.2 22.2 23.7 25.0 21.8
Mean 9am relative humidity (%) 70 72 71 68 68 69 65 61 62 63 65 67 67
Mean 9am wind speed (km/h) 18.6 17.8 19.3 17.4 15.0 14.1 13.7 15.5 16.7 17.8 18.7 18.0 16.9
3 pm conditions
Mean 3pm temperature (°C) 26.6 26.8 25.8 24.1 22.0 20.1 19.7 20.3 21.7 22.7 24.1 25.3 23.3
Mean 3pm relative humidity (%) 70 70 68 65 62 58 55 56 62 66 68 69 64
Mean 3pm wind speed (km/h) 25.5 24.0 25.6 23.0 20.3 19.1 19.9 22.4 24.4 25.3 24.7 25.1 23.3