The large size of the Northern Territory means that it covers two very distinct climate zones – the Tropical North and the Red Centre. During the rainy, summer season the landscape comes to life and visitors will experience stunning sunsets and storms that the area is famous for. During the dry season, from May to October, the days are warm and sunny with nights becoming cooler.

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The large size of the Northern Territory means that it covers two very distinct climate zones – the Tropical North and the Red Centre.

The northern part of the Northern Territory, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land has a tropical climate. The average temperature in Darwin throughout the year is 32°C.

During the rainy, summer season the landscape comes to life and visitors will experience stunning sunsets and storms that the area is famous for. During the dry season, from May to October, the days are warm and sunny with nights becoming cooler.

The rest of the Northern Territory, including Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Barkly Tablelands and Uluru/Kata-Tjuta regions, has a semi-arid climate.

The Red Centre experiences all four seasons, with hot summer days from December to February, cold nights from June to August and warm days and cool nights during spring and autumn.

Northern Territory Main Centre Temperatures

Darwin

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High °C 32 31 32 33 32 31 30 31 32 33 33 33
Low °C 25 25 24 24 22 20 19 20 23 25 25 25
High °F 89 88 89 91 90 87 87 88 90 92 92 91
Low °F 77 76 76 75 72 68 67 69 73 77 78 77
Rainfall mm 426 376 318 102 21 2 1 5 16 71 140 252
Rainy Days 21 20 20 9 2 1 1 1 2 7 12 17
Hours Sunshine 161 161 192 246 271 280 285 291 278 268 237 195

Alice Springs

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High °C 36 35 33 28 23 20 20 23 27 31 34 35
Low °C 21 21 17 13 8 5 4 6 10 15 18 20
High °F 97 95 91 83 73 68 68 73 81 88 92 96
Low °F 70 69 63 55 47 41 39 43 50 59 64 68
Rainfall mm 39 43 31 16 19 14 14 9 8 21 28 37
Rainy Days 5 5 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 5 6 6
Hours Sunshine 319 297 301 285 283 272 282 304 300 313 303 310

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