January Weather in Australia and NZ

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#1
Highland Park, IL & Boca Raton, FL
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What kind of weather should we expect on our January cruise From New Zealand to Australia?

I am especially concerned about how cold it gets in Milford and Dusky Sound during the day, as well as what we might expect in Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.
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In Milford and Dusky Sound you will likely want to wear a jacket; we bring a North Face type waterproof jacket with a fleece. We have the option to wear one or both pieces. This also works well when we travel to New Zealand and in Australia where we either do not need to use either of these or in some places one of the items and sometimes as it warms up then we remove them. In many ports you will not need any type of jacket. Just have the ability to layer if necessary.

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#3
Melbourne Australia
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Originally posted by Dmgmd50
What kind of weather should we expect on our January cruise From New Zealand to Australia?

I am especially concerned about how cold it gets in Milford and Dusky Sound during the day, as well as what we might expect in Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.
Melbourne in January.

How long is a piece of string. One day it can be 30-40 degrees ( centigrade) and the next day 20 degrees. Humid one day, breezy the next. Melbournes summer weather can be all over the place during summer. Sometimes long periods of hot humid weather over several days then a couple of days of rain and storms them hot again.

An example of yesterday and today...yesterday was 31.5 degrees (C) and today only got to 18 degrees (C). Tomorrow is meant to be 13.

So basically anything from shorts to jeans to a lightweight pullover just in case ( shouldn't need anything more).
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If you are coming to Western Australia - sun screen, sun hat, shorts - t shirts - that type of thing. It's summer down here - usually around 29 C to 33 C - for January - wouldn't get lower than 24 C on a bad day.
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Bring layers for Melbourne, it's impossible to predict the weather more than a week out. It could be stifling hot or cold and stormy. We're well known for 4 seasons in one day.

Sydney is a little more stable than Melbourne but on average it's more humid, so dress appropriately. If you are going north it's the wet season in January so it will be hot and wet, with the chance of cyclones.
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Originally posted by Jacs
Bring layers for Melbourne, it's impossible to predict the weather more than a week out. It could be stifling hot or cold and stormy. We're well known for 4 seasons in one day.

Sydney is a little more stable than Melbourne but on average it's more humid, so dress appropriately. If you are going north it's the wet season in January so it will be hot and wet, with the chance of cyclones.
Did not realize there was that much variation!
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Originally posted by Dmgmd50
Did not realize there was that much variation!
Remember you are talking about say Australia that is a very large country in terms of its physical size.

Think the USA even in the summer time where the difference in temperature between Minnesota and Florida is significant.

Keith
#9
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As Keith and others have wisely noted, there's lots of variety of weather there in January, etc. Looking forward to our Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Celebrity Solstice sailing, departing Sydney, doing 14 days on this nice ship, finishing in Auckland. Plus, doing some pre-cruise options for Kangaroo Island near Adelaide and then the Great Barrier Reef before departing from Sidneys scenic harbor. And, probably post-cruise in Queenstown and stopping in Tahiti on the way home to break up that long, long flight back. We have a nice and active roll call going at:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1614754
Welcome to any who want to join us for this trip and/or travel along via the web as we get prepared for that "adventure".

You can go to
www.wunderground.com
and check for the very specific weather history on many of the key towns in the world for their past temperatures in that specific area for a date in the past. Just look lower left in the page for weather history area, put in your exact dates and the year prior. You will then see what last year was like, along with recent highs and lows for that date there.

Here below are some specific examples for what I have pulled up for some dates as we plan ahead for early 2014. Maybe it's too, too much info, but it gives you a good range of info, etc.

Jan. 17, Friday: Cairns: 2012 weather: high of 89F, low of 74F, , 76% humidity;; average high on this day of 88F, average low of 74F; recent record high of 95F (2008), recent record low of 73F (2000), 2012 precipitation: zero, average precipitation on this date: .53; sunrise: 5:56 am; sunset: 6:57 pm.

Jan. 20, Monday: Sydney: 2012 weather on this date: high of 89F, low of 74F; average high on this date of 88F, average low of 74F; recent record high of 95F (2008), recent record low of 73F (2000); 2012 precipitation: zero, average precipitation on this date: .15; sunrise: 6:03 am; sunset: 8:07 pm. Moon: waning crescent, 13% illuminated.

Jan. 23, Thursday: Hobart, Tasmania: 2012: high of 87F, low of 51F; average high of 72F, average low of 53F; recent record high of 87F (2012), recent record low of 44F (2009); 2012 precipitation: zero, average precipitation on this date: .05; sunrise: 5:59 am; sunset: 8:43 pm. Moon: waning crescent with zero illuminated.

Jan 27, Monday: Dunedin, New Zealand: 2012: high of 53F, low of 40F; 2012 precipitation: zero; sunrise: 6:24 am; sunset: 9:18 pm. Moon: waning crescent, 14% illuminated.

Jan. 28, Tuesday: Christchurch/Lyttleton: 2012: high of 80F, low of 39F; average high of 69F, average low of 51F; recent record high of 87F (1998), recent record low of 39F (2012); 2012 precipitation: zero; sunrise: 6:23 am; sunset: 9:00 pm. Moon: waning crescent, 21% illuminated.

Jan. 29, Wednesday, Wellington: 2012: high of 68F, low of 57F; average high of 67F, average low of 57F; recent record high of 71F (1998), recent record low of 53F (1997); 2012 precipitation: zero, average precipitation on this date: .06; sunrise: 6:21 am; sunset: 8:45 pm. Moon: waxing crescent, 30% illuminated.

Feb. 3, Monday, Auckland, New Zealand: 2012: high of 69F, low of 64F; average high of 72F, average low of 60F; recent record high of 84F (2005), recent record low of 57F (1999); 2012 precipitation: zero, average precipitation on this date: .11; sunrise: 6:37 am; sunset: 8:31 pm. Moon: waxing gibbous, 75% illuminated.

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THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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#10
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Tassie in January is usually rather dry and warm, but the weather can change very quickly. They also get rather biting and strong winds, I recommend having a jacket and an umbrella as you never know.
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Interestingly - cruise ships are coming over to Port Hedland on the West Coast - in January/February when it is the "wet season" up there - monsoon/cyclone's/heavy humidity. Same to any place in Aus East to West above the 26th parallel. Not to put the wind up anybody - just interesting as to why they would do this. Suppose it's because it's "Aussie Summer Season"
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#12
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Originally posted by dizzy1948
Interestingly - cruise ships are coming over to Port Hedland on the West Coast - in January/February when it is the "wet season" up there - monsoon/cyclone's/heavy humidity. Same to any place in Aus East to West above the 26th parallel. Not to put the wind up anybody - just interesting as to why they would do this. Suppose it's because it's "Aussie Summer Season"
Suspect it is because it is the "northern winter season". Aussies avoid the north during the cyclone season, like Americans avoid the Caribbean during the hurricane season!
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We are thinking first half of February, Sydney-NZ-Tasmania. I'm wondering if our aft balcony is a good idea. I can get an ocean view and save about $1,000, but my husband is really looking forward to the great views off the back of the ship.

Oh, and he like his INSIDE temperatures around meat locker level!
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Hey, folks!

January is mid-summer in Australia and New Zealand. Think July temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

Australia will be hot - and could be wet in the north.
NZ will be warm.

Although it's in the southern part of the South Island, Milford Sound is not in Antarctica! It could be cool, but not cold, and the temperature will not be below freezing. Bring a sweater and a light, waterporoof jacket.
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