The climate of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is oceanic, with mild, rainy winters and cool summers. Being that it's in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are of course reversed when compared to the northern hemisphere, so in July and August it is winter.
Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia, and consists of the main island and some smaller islands. At these latitudes (the island is located between 40 and 43 degrees south latitude) the west winds blow throughout the year, with a series of disturbances that bring rainfall mainly on the west side of the island. The wind blows frequently as well.
Hobart is located in the southeast, and receives 570 millimeters (22.5 inches) of rain, which is not much, but the rains are well distributed over the seasons (although summer is the least rainy season), and often occur in the form of frequent drizzle and brief showers.
Here is the average precipitation.
Hobart - Average precipitation

The average temperature in Hobart ranges from 8.5 °C (47.5 °F) in July to 17.5 °C (63.5 °F) in January and February: summer is cool, but winter is mild, although the wind can exacerbate the sensation of cold. Sometimes, especially in June and July, a mass of cold air can reach the island, and in hills and mountains in the interior snow and frost can occur. In Hobart, in the coldest nights the temperature can drop to around freezing (0 °C or 32 °F) or slightly below.
Even Tasmania, like the rest of southern Australia, in summer does not escape the hot desert wind, although here this wind comes more rarely and is generally attenuated. However, the temperature can sometimes approach or reach 38/40 °C (100/104 °F), although these heat waves do not last long, and at night the temperature becomes almost always acceptable again.
Here are the average temperatures.
Hobart - Average temperatures
Min (°C)13131198556781011
Max (°C)222220181512121415171920
Min (°F)555552484641414345465052
Max (°F)727268645954545759636668

The amount of sunshine in Hobart is not excellent because cloudy days can occur throughout the year, however, between one disturbance and another, the sun can come out: there is a maximum of 8 hours of sunshine per day in January (which is fairly good) and a minimum of 4 hours in June.
Hobart - Sunshine


The sea in Tasmania is cold all year round; however, it reaches 17 °C (63 °F) from January to March in the southern part (see Hobart), and 18 °C (64 °F) in the north.
Hobart - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)171717161514131313131415
Temp (°F)636363615957555555555759

Best Time

The best times to visit Hobart are autumn and spring, in particular the periods March-April and October-November. Between the two you can opt for the former because the latter (October-November) is a bit cooler and more rainy. Summer, from December to February, would be the best season, in fact the temperatures are higher, the days longer and the rains rarer, but sometimes very hot days can occur. In these cases, however, owing to the wind and the low humidity, the heat is quite bearable.
Considering that it can be a bit cold at night even in summer, since lows can drop below 10 °C (50 °F), it is advisable to bring a light jacket and a sweater, also in this period.
The Sydney-Hobart regatta takes place in summer, in December, as well as the Hobart Cup (horse race), which takes place in February.

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