Average Sunshine a Year in Australia's Cities

The yearly averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at large cities in Australia are listed here.

All the data are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1991 to 2020.

Sunny and Cloudy Days

Sunny Days data here represent the average number of days in a year when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days that cloud covers up to one-quarter of the sky when measured at 9 am and 3 pm local time. Cloudy Days are average annual totals of when cloud covers 75 percent or more of the sky at those two times.

Days of sun and cloud annually
City Sunny Cloudy
Adelaide, South Australia 91 136
Ballarat, Victoria 54 140
Bendigo, Victoria 110 106
Bundaberg, Queensland 121 86
Cairns, Queensland 97 132
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 111 114
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 131 111
Darwin, Northern Territory 119 119
Hobart, Tasmania 44 174
Launceston, Tasmania 53 161
Average number of days in a year with sun or cloud
City Sunny Cloudy
Mackay, Queensland 127 95
Maitland, New South Wales 90 125
Melbourne, Victoria 48 180
Newcastle, New South Wales 84 137
Perth, Western Australia 149 95
Rockhampton, Queensland 125 91
Sydney, New South Wales 110 127
Toowoomba, Queensland 107 110
Townsville, Queensland 112 105

Total Hours of Sun

Another way to look at how much sunshine a city gets is to measure the number of hours with bright sunshine. Only some of Australia's large cities have records for the total hours of sun.

Average hours of bright sunshine a year
City Day Annual
Adelaide, South Australia 8 2774
Cairns, Queensland 8 2774
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 8 2847
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 8 2774
Darwin, Northern Territory 9 3103
Mackay, Queensland 8 2993
Melbourne, Victoria 7 2373
Perth, Western Australia 9 3212
Sydney, New South Wales 7 2628
Townsville, Queensland 9 3139

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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