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.
|18°min – 26°max.
|13°min – 21°max.
|16°min – 25°max.
|Average Water Temperature by Month|
|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.
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
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?
Monthly Temperature and Rainfall chart
Here is a chart for Gold Coast weather by month inc. temps and rainfall from BOM.gov.au
|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|
|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|