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Climate

In the Kimberley the traditional four seasons don’t exist, this is initially confusing for visitors not familiar with the tropics. We experience two seasons, from May to October is the dry season, and November to April the wet season.

Climate of Broome

 

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Mean daily sunshine (hours)
8.6 7.5 8.4 9.8 9.5 9.3 9.9 10.4 10.4 10.9 11.2 9.3
Mean number of clear days
4.2 3.5 8.9 15.2 17.2 19.6 22.0 23.0 22.0 20.7 16.9 9.0
Mean number of cloudy days
15.2 15.4 9.9 5.6 6.1 3.9 2.9 1.6 1.2 1.7 2.7 8.8
Mean number of days with rain > 1mm
8.8 9.2 6.3 1.9 1.7 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.8 3.8
Mean 9am temperature (°C)
30.2 29.7 30.0 29.1 25.4 22.3 21.3 23.4 26.7 29.2 30.5 30.8

A Monsoonal Climate

The word monsoon was originally used to describe a seasonal wind pattern in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, but the definition has since been broadened. Today the term describes an annual cycle of dramatic weather events in the Asian, African and Australian tropical regions. Actually, only the wet season is dramatic.

The Kimberley dry season is characterised by clear blue skies, easterly winds and balmy days with some chilly nights. The weather is very stable, and outdoor events can be planned years in advance. It won’t rain. Every day is so perfect and beautiful, it is nearly boring...

The wet season is a different story.

Hot and humid, sometimes violent, and above all unpredictable. What is happening is that during this hotter time of the year the land heats up a lot more than the ocean does. Hot air rises upwards, a low pressure trough forms and sucks in moist air from the oceans. The air cools, moisture condenses, and it rains. Simple enough, but impressive to watch in real life...