Weather and Climate - Australia's North West

The weather and climate in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia's North West vary dramatically. Temperatures range from under 5°C to over 40°C and the weather pattern creates two very distinct seasons, each offering vastly different holiday experiences.

Summer Season - November to April

In summer there are fewer crowds, the days can be hot and the nights are balmy. While it is known as the wet season in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the rain usually falls in heavy, short downpours in the late afternoon and evenings. Expect great lightning shows, spectacular sunsets, thundering waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.

Although many tours operate year-round, some attractions cannot be accessed due to closed roads and local flooding. So plan your holiday in advance and get expert advice from the region's Visitor Centres.

Winter Season - May to November

Winter is the most popular time to visit the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia’s North West. Daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, perfect for enjoying all outdoor activities. On the coast, nights are cool with fresh breezes, while inland the wind off the desert can see temperatures plummet to near freezing.

For more detailed information about the weather and climate in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia’s North West, check out the Bureau of Meteorology.

Weather in the North West

Cyclones in Australia’s North West

Tropical cyclones are a natural hazard that can cause considerable damage. They are a feature of the weather and climate in Australia’s North West and can occur throughout the wet season in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Should there be a cyclone alert during your stay, you should be aware of the following procedures.

  • Blue Alert - A cyclone has formed and may affect the area within 48 hours, precautions should be taken.
  • Yellow Alert – The cyclone is moving closer to the area and is likely to affect the area within 12 hours, residents should take action.
  • Red Alert – A cyclone is imminent. Destructive winds are likely to occur soon, go immediately to adequate shelter.

Cyclone warnings are broadcast on local radio stations, or telephone 1300 659 210.

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