Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Tasmania lies between 40°S and 43.5°S, and is recognised for its mild climate with four distinctive seasons. Summers are mild, with any hot periods rarely lasting more than a few days. Winters are not excessively cold, especially compared to places at similar latitudes in the northern hemisphere, thanks to the sea’s moderating influence.

In Tasmania you will be always be no more than 115 kilometres from the sea. The prevailing weather pattern is from west to east and as a result the west coast area, including the Tarkine, is the wettest.

Tasmania’s climate has been named ‘Best Temperate Island in the World’ in a number of reputable travel publications.

Population

  • The population of Tasmania is 516,586 (ABS September 2016).
  • Main centres are Hobart (the capital city with 222,356 people), Launceston (98,500), Burnie (21,000), and Devonport (31,027).
  • The Tarkine area is relatively unpopulated with the major centres being Arthur River and Waratah.

Climate Facts

Coastal areas of the Tarkine (Arthur River & Corinna areas):

  • Summer – Average temperature range of 11 degrees Celsius over night and 20 degrees during the day. Relative humidity 70%
  • Winter – Average temperature range of 6 degrees Celsius over night and 12 degrees during the day. Relative humidity 80%
  • Average annual rainfall 1,200mm – 2,400mm

Inland areas of the Tarkine (Waratah area):

  • Summer – Average temperature range of 9 degrees Celsius over night and 20 degrees during the day. Relative humidity 70%
  • Winter – Average temperature range of 4 degrees Celsius over night and 11 degrees during the day. Relative humidity 85%
  • Average annual rainfall 1,900mm

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