The climate in Alice Springs and the Red Centre region is semi-arid. Unlike the wet and dry seasons of the Tropical North, you can expect the typical four seasons: hot summer days from December to February, a cool winter from June to August, and warm days and cool nights during spring and autumn.
Summer in the Red Centre lacks the humid heat of the north, so with a bit of shade and a hat you can be quite comfortable. Temperatures often reach the high 30s and low 40s, but then drop down to the mid-20s in the evening. Storms often roll in during the late afternoon and, if you're lucky, you might get to see the lightening crack across the sky. Be sure to bring a jumper even in the hot months as nights can cool down.
Alice Springs can get very cold during the winter months from June to August. Warmer clothing like jumpers and long pants are essential as temperatures range from 20 degrees during the day to below zero night, with the occasional frosty morning.
Spring and autumn
The temperate days of spring and autumn make it the best time to visit Central Australia – if you don't mind joining all the other tourists, that is. With cooler temperatures suitable for hiking, and clear skies for picture-perfect sunsets, it's no surprise the high season occurs during these months.
Plan before you go
Check the weather before making your trip but remember the weather can be unpredictable so it is best to come well prepared. Most days have a temperature range of 20-25 degrees, so it's best to prepare for both hot days and cool nights.